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Tales from the Trench: an analysis of artifacts salvaged from two Western Thule sites in Kotzebue, Alaska

Author(s): Jill Baxter-McIntosh ; Crystal C. Glassburn ; Robert C. Bowman ; Morgan R. Blanchard

Year: 2017

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Summary

Monitoring and salvage archaeology is often viewed as an anathema to the archaeological record. Nevertheless, both situations frequently occur within CRM contexts. Here, we present analyses of lithic material, organic tools, pottery, and fauna from two subsurface house features in Kotzebue, Alaska. Radiocarbon dates indicate that the two sites are roughly contemporaneous, dating to the end of the Medieval Warm Period, and are associated with the Western Thule tradition. The materials were recovered during trenching activities for a fiber-optic cable and retain little provenance integrity. However, we argue that the analysis of ‘salvaged’ artifacts, even without ideal stratigraphic or spatial information such as these, can be informative for the archaeological record and CRM companies should encourage contractors to support analysis and research that can contribute to knowledge at both the local and academic level.


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Tales from the Trench: an analysis of artifacts salvaged from two Western Thule sites in Kotzebue, Alaska. Jill Baxter-McIntosh, Crystal C. Glassburn, Robert C. Bowman, Morgan R. Blanchard. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429257)


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min long: -178.41; min lat: 62.104 ; max long: 178.77; max lat: 83.52 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16345

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