On The Waterfront...Or Not: Investigating the Relationship Between Late Archaic Landuse Patterns and Hafted Biface Curation in the Midsouth
During the Late Archaic period in the Midsouth United States people appear to have practiced seasonal
landuse patterns. Warm weather aggregation sites were located along major rivers in the region, while
upland site locations reflect occupations of dispersed populations during colder periods. To understand
how people organized biface technology within such a seasonal mobility pattern, we analyzed the
relative curation rate of hafted bifaces from multiple sites. Magnolia Valley (40RD314) and Fernvale
(40WM51) are both Late Archaic sites in the Harpeth River Watershed in middle Tennessee. Magnolia
Valley is located in an upland valley, while Fernvale is located on the South Harpeth River. We predict
that the level of biface curation was not constant throughout the year, and thus, biface curation
values will vary between site types. With this lithic curation analysis, relationships between locale and
technological organization will be identified.
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On The Waterfront...Or Not: Investigating the Relationship Between Late Archaic Landuse Patterns and Hafted Biface Curation in the Midsouth. Judith Melton, Jesse W. Tune. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398154)
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