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Of Platforms and Preparation: Clovis Blade Technology at the Gault Site (41BL323), Central Texas, USA.

Author(s): Thomas Williams ; Nancy Velchoff Littlefield

Year: 2016

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The careful preparation of Clovis striking platforms is considered characteristic of the technology. Platform preparation is regarded as a critical component of many lithic reduction strategies but very few studies have specifically focused on individual platform traits. General observations regarding Clovis platforms on bifaces suggest that these platforms are well-prepared and utilize five traits; faceting, reducing, releasing, isolating, and grinding. Platform preparation in a blade technology typically involves the preparation of both the core and blade platform. The interplay between these two components is essential in understanding the manufacturing and production of Clovis blades. This paper will focus on the use of platform preparation in Clovis blade component recovered from the Gault Site (41BL323), Central Texas, USA. Intermittent archaeological investigations between 1991 and 2013 have revealed extensive Clovis deposits in nine out of fifteen excavation areas. These deposits allow for an in-depth technological assessment of Clovis reduction strategies including the careful use of platform preparation.

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Of Platforms and Preparation: Clovis Blade Technology at the Gault Site (41BL323), Central Texas, USA.. Thomas Williams, Nancy Velchoff Littlefield. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405377)


Clovis Technology Texas

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

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

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