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From the Canyon to the Staircase: Expanding the Paleolithic Presence in the Arizona Strip

Author(s): William Bryce ; Michael Terlep

Year: 2017

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Summary

Evidence of Paleoindian and Paleo-Archaic occupation of the Arizona Strip, in northwest Arizona and southwest Utah, largely remains limited to isolated projectile points found lying on the modern ground surface, dispersed across large swaths of land. Building upon the few isolated finds, this presentation discusses the recent identification of multiple fluted and unfluted lanceolate and Great Basin Stemmed projectile points. In contrast to the few previously known finds, the various projectile points and types presented here were spatially concentrated within a narrow 23 km (17 miles) corridor near Kanab Creek Canyon in northwest Arizona. After a discussion of the newly documented points we incorporate Paleoindian projectile points from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and southern Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah to provide additional data and inferences into the Paleoindian and Paleo-Archaic occupation of the Arizona Strip.


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From the Canyon to the Staircase: Expanding the Paleolithic Presence in the Arizona Strip. William Bryce, Michael Terlep. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428884)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16213

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