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Early Human Occupation at Healy Lake: A Study of Lithic Technological Organization at the Linda’s Point and Healy Lake Village Sites

Author(s): Tom Gillispie ; Angela Younie ; Ted Goebel

Year: 2015

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Under the collective organization of the Healy Lake Working Group, renewed investigations into the prehistory of the Healy Lake region over the past five years have allowed for new insights into terminal Pleistocene human activity in the Alaskan interior. This paper reports the detailed assessment of curated materials from the Village site, originally excavated in the 1960s and 1970s. Using original field notes, drawings, and photographs, the lowest component was stratigraphically separated from Holocene occupations, and found to correlate closely with the Chindadn occupation originally proposed by John Cook, with some exceptions. Lithic reduction patterns seen in the debitage, tools, and bifaces are comparable to recently excavated data from the nearby Linda’s Point site, and reflect patterns of mobility, raw material usage, and lithic technologies throughout their 13,000-13,500 year history of occupation.

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Early Human Occupation at Healy Lake: A Study of Lithic Technological Organization at the Linda’s Point and Healy Lake Village Sites. Angela Younie, Tom Gillispie, Ted Goebel. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398367)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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