The Clovis Lithic Component of Fin del Mundo, Sonora, Mexico.

Author(s): Ismael Sanchez-Morales

Year: 2016


Fin del Mundo is a Clovis site located in the north-central portion of the state of Sonora, northwestern Mexico. The site comprises multiple localities including a buried kill of two gomphotheres (cuvieronius sp.), a Clovis camp and raw material procurement areas. The Clovis lithic component at the site consists of Clovis points, Clovis point preforms, bifaces, unifacial tools and a blade industry. The tool types suggest that Fin del Mundo was occupied for a long time span, possibly during several intermittent visits, and indicates that local raw materials were used to manufacture most of the stone tools at the site. At a regional scale, the Clovis lithic assemblage from Fin del Mundo is comparable to those from the Murray Springs, Lehner and Naco sites in the San Pedro River Valley, southeastern Arizona, located ~250km to the northeast. Fin del Mundo represents an important locality characterized by the availability of animal and lithic resources intensively occupied during the final Pleistocene. It is one of the most extensive and important Clovis sites in Mexico, and extends our knowledge of the Paleoindian occupation of the Northwest Mexico/Southwest USA region.

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The Clovis Lithic Component of Fin del Mundo, Sonora, Mexico.. Ismael Sanchez-Morales. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404997)

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Clovis Mexico Sonora

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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