Hunter-Gatherer Occupations at San Jon Site, Eastern New Mexico

Author(s): Stance Hurst

Year: 2016


One of the hallmarks of Eileen Johnson's career was the establishment of long-term field research projects. Outcomes of this work include high quality datasets, and the development and fermentation of research ideas that can only occur from returning to the same localities year after year. The Lubbock Lake Landmark's regional research at the San Jon site (LA 6437) is an example of one of these projects. The San Jon site is located along the northwestern margin of the Southern High Plains of eastern New Mexico and associated with an extinct playa. San Jon is principally known as a Paleoindian site based on Frank C. Hibben and Frank H.H. Roberts, Jr.’s excavations in the 1940s. San Jon was a persistent place, however, occupied for most of prehistory. Over a decade of fieldwork, led by Dr. Johnson, has produced a sequence of lithic assemblages that span the prehistoric period. A lithic technological analysis from a landscape perspective examines the changing role of San Jon within hunter-gatherer landscape-use strategies across the Southern High Plains. Results of this work demonstrate the importance of datasets and research produced from long-term projects.

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Hunter-Gatherer Occupations at San Jon Site, Eastern New Mexico. Stance Hurst. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403306)


Spatial Coverage

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