Recognizing Artifact Transport from Debitage Assemblages: Examples from middle Holocene Sites in Alaska
Author(s): Julie Esdale
When studying the technology of mobile foraging groups, tools and cores that pass through a site can be even more informative than those that end up deposited there. This is especially true in regions like interior Alaska, where cultural historical frameworks rely on the presence or absence of specific technologies or tool forms. A flake-attribute based debitage analysis combined with a minimum analytical nodule analysis can be integral for recognizing artifact transport. Examples from Archaic sites in Alaska demonstrate how identification of artifacts transported off site can influence cultural historical reconstructions, address co-occurrences of unrelated technologies, and contribute to theories concerning patterns of logistical organization.
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Recognizing Artifact Transport from Debitage Assemblages: Examples from middle Holocene Sites in Alaska. Julie Esdale. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429652)
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