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Great Basin Incised Stones and the Shoshonean World

Author(s): David Thomas

Year: 2017

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More than 1500 incised stones have been documented from the Great Basin. By defining object itineraries of individual artifacts, it is possible to animate the archaeology from static to active by emphasizing motion and interaction, fragmentation and accumulation. Tracing both provenience and provenance, we can learn how these objects moved through time and space, intertwining with people and places. It is possible to craft a cartography sufficiently powerful to tease out an underlying, basic, formal structuring of ritual behavior that has epitomized Shoshonean epistemology for more than five thousand years.

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Great Basin Incised Stones and the Shoshonean World. David Thomas. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430516)


Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 17653

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