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A Holistic Investigation of Economization at a Late Prehistoric Village in Northern Illinois

Author(s): Rachel McTavish ; Corey Hoover

Year: 2017

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The economization of lithic raw materials for Late Prehistoric groups in the Midwestern United States has long been the subject of research. This research has often focused on explaining aspects of either technological or subsistence changes, such as the shift to agriculture (e.g., Bamforth 1989; Cobb 2000; Emerson, et al. 2000; Emerson and Titelbaum 2000; Jeske 1990, 2000). This project uses the underlying framework of economization used by these lithic studies and applies it to faunal remains, ceramics, and lithic assemblages from a single site in northern Illinois, the Washington Irving Site (11K52). The site dates to circa AD 1100-1440 (Jeske 2000). This study uses an ArcGIS spatial analysis of the distribution of the assemblages from the site to identify activity areas and discard patterns that are essential for understanding the economizing behavior used at the site. This study uses a multi-pronged approach to provide a holistic interpretation of changes to diet, settlement, inter-group relations and technology that were established throughout the Midwest during this period.

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A Holistic Investigation of Economization at a Late Prehistoric Village in Northern Illinois. Rachel McTavish, Corey Hoover. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429737)


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16288

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