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Microwear Analysis of Mica Lamented Quartzite Scrapers from Slocan Narrows, Upper Columbia River Area

Author(s): Emily Hull ; Nathan Goodale ; Alissa Nauman ; David Bailey

Year: 2017

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Summary

Ethnographic evidence suggests that semi-sedentary hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest inhabited aggregated winter villages on a multi-season basis and specific times throughout the year much of the group made long distance forays for resource procurement, trade, and exchange. Extensive excavation efforts at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village has produced an assemblage of mica lamented quartzite scrapers. This study presents findings from analysis and characterization of microwear on these tools in order to infer their potential function. We also conducted experimental studies using the same quartzite on several contact materials. The experimental tools were used in blind tests. This analysis allows for a better understanding of why aboriginal peoples would transport quartzite scrapers over 200km up the Columbia River from Kettle Falls, WA to Slocan Narrows, BC.


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Microwear Analysis of Mica Lamented Quartzite Scrapers from Slocan Narrows, Upper Columbia River Area. Emily Hull, Nathan Goodale, Alissa Nauman, David Bailey. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429771)


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min long: -122.168; min lat: 42.131 ; max long: -113.028; max lat: 49.383 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15135

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