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Rocks in Our Heads: Recent Investigations in Knife River Flint Quarry Area

Author(s): Kimball Banks ; Dante Knapp ; Damita Engel ; Debra Green

Year: 2015

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The Knife River flint primary source area was one of, if not the primary source of lithic material in the Northern Plains. Knife River flint was a major trade item from the Paleoindian through the protohistoric. Over the past several years, archaeologists from Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. have conducted projects within the Knife River flint primary source area located in north-central North Dakota. Many of these projects either directly or indirectly have been in support of oil development in the Williston Basin. These projects have resulted in the identification of several new sites as well as updates to a predictive model of Knife River flint natural deposits and site locational/spatial distribution using both archaeological and geoarchaeological methods. These activities have expanded our understanding of the nature and composition of the primary source area. This presentation reviews these projects and summarizes key findings to date.

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Rocks in Our Heads: Recent Investigations in Knife River Flint Quarry Area. Debra Green, Damita Engel, Dante Knapp, Kimball Banks. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397282)


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min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America