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Preliminary analysis of Archaic lithic material from the Murrell Home in Cherokee County, Oklahoma

Author(s): Nicholas Trudeau ; James Torpy ; Travis Williams

Year: 2017

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In 2016, excavations at the George M. Murrell Home, a mid-nineteenth century plantation home located in northeastern Oklahoma, yielded a number of chipped stone artifacts attributable to the Archaic period. Abandoned during the Civil War, the Murrell home is currently owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society and run as a living history museum and park. Located near the confluence of three major waterways, the site lies in an ecotone between broadleaf forests and prairie parkland. The lithic assemblage includes both finished tools and flaking debris made from local material as well as material from other locales. Agriculture has disturbed and decontextualized many of the recovered artifacts, and remote sensing failed to reveal any features which might be associated with the site. This study presents an analysis of the chipped stone assemblage in an effort to determine the role of the site, estimate the duration of occupation, and identify potential linkages to nearby contemporary sites.

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Preliminary analysis of Archaic lithic material from the Murrell Home in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Nicholas Trudeau, James Torpy, Travis Williams. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430304)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17593

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