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Weaponry Standardization and the Potential for Sharing at the Agate Basin Site

Author(s): Michael Guarino

Year: 2017

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This study explores the potential for sharing of weaponry elements during communal hunts, and the implications of sharing pertaining to the overall technological organization of Agate Basin hunting groups. K-means cluster analysis was utilized to determine whether hafted-area morphologies on Agate Basin points were standardized and displayed properties consistent with expectations we might have if sharing of weaponry elements incorporated into the preparation for a communal hunt. I argue two standardized haft-area sizes are present in the complete Agate Basin point assemblage, and weaponry sharing could have been a reliable organizational technique employed by Paleoindian hunters during seasonal aggregations, serving to secure critical resources during a time when failure during a hunt would prove catastrophic.

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Weaponry Standardization and the Potential for Sharing at the Agate Basin Site. Michael Guarino. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428960)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 17059

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