Lithic Analysis from the Rainbow Forest Clovis Site

Author(s): Erina Gruner

Year: 2015


During the late Pleistocene the Rainbow Forest Playa Paleoindian site at Petrified Forest National Park was an area where Clovis people procured lithic materials and took advantage of a local riparian microenvironment. This poster presents recent research on lithic tool assemblages from the Rainbow Forest Playa site, including microwear analysis from archaeological materials and the results of replicative experiments. Results suggest that while the site was clearly used as a lithic quarry, a high percentage of artifacts such as blades, flakes, and stage four bifaces were expediently produced for local processing activities, then discarded.

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Lithic Analysis from the Rainbow Forest Clovis Site. Erina Gruner. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397255)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;