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Burned Earth Without Cooking Stones- Cultural or Natural? Feature Deposition, Ethnobotany, and Analysis in Upland Puget Sound, Western Washington

Author(s): Kate Shantry

Year: 2017

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Summary

Concentrations of burned earth, cooking stones, a shallow basin profile, and sometimes faunal remains are often associated with Puget Sound hearth features which were commonly used for open-air cooking. Discrete areas of burned earth lacking concentrations of cooking stones have not received as much cultural feature recognition or interpretation. This poster explores the function of one in situ concentration of charcoal adjacent to a dense area of cooking stones at an upland camp in the Puget Sound basin of northwest North America to determine one of three scenarios. Is this feature a steaming pit in two parts, a dismantled pavement with a primary and secondary context, or a naturally burned tree near a secondary deposit of cooking stones? Deposition, ethnobotany, and feature analysis are used to examine the function of Feature 1 at 45KI1176.


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Burned Earth Without Cooking Stones- Cultural or Natural? Feature Deposition, Ethnobotany, and Analysis in Upland Puget Sound, Western Washington. Kate Shantry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429582)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15161

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