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Sourcing FGV Artifacts Recovered from Housepit 54, Bridge River Housepit Village, British Columbia

Author(s): Lindsay Buff ; Nathan Goodale ; Heather Kendall ; David G. Bailey ; Anna Marie Prentiss

Year: 2017

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Geochemical analysis of trace elements in fine grained volcanic rocks (FGV) using HHpXRF technology allows elemental characterization that enables matching fine grained volcanic artifacts with their original toolstone sources. Excavations of Housepit 54 during 2013-2016 field seasons have yielded a large assemblage of FGV artifacts that we attempt to match with toolstone sources or outcrops in the region. Preliminary research on characterizing artifacts recovered during the 2013 field season through mineralogical and elemental analysis noted two dominant chemical groups, likely indicating two distinct sources. One of the distinct chemical groups of artifacts shares elemental similarity with the Arrowstone Hills volcanic deposits. During the summer of 2016, further field survey in the region identified several more possible local toolstone sources, including both young volcanic deposits and glacial deposits featuring fine grained volcanic cobbles. This paper further explores the use of FGV through the entire occupation of HP54, allowing an important understanding of shifting toolstone acquisition during the uselife of the pithouse.

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Sourcing FGV Artifacts Recovered from Housepit 54, Bridge River Housepit Village, British Columbia. Lindsay Buff, Nathan Goodale, Heather Kendall, David G. Bailey, Anna Marie Prentiss. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430126)


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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): 15303

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