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Using Sourcing Studies to Examine Paleoindian Lithic Technological and Socioeconomic Organization in the Great Basin

Author(s): Khori Newlander

Year: 2017

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In many regions of the world, archaeologists use sourcing studies to document patterns of toolstone procurement and conveyance that, in turn, inform their understanding of prehistoric lithic technological and socioeconomic organization. This is certainly true of Charlotte Beck and George T. Jones’s research in eastern Nevada, where the sourcing of obsidian, andesite, and dacite artifacts has figured prominently in their study of Paleoindian lifeways. In this paper, I briefly reflect on Beck and Jones’s contributions to sourcing methods and their use of sourcing studies to examine Paleoindian lithic technological organization and mobility. Recently, I worked with Beck and Jones to develop an analytical protocol for souring chert artifacts in eastern Nevada, as the next step in the lithic analytical program they started thirty years ago. Thus, I conclude by describing the potential for chert sourcing studies to augment the understanding of Paleoindian lithic technological and socioeconomic organization Beck and Jones have built based on the sourcing of volcanic artifacts.


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Using Sourcing Studies to Examine Paleoindian Lithic Technological and Socioeconomic Organization in the Great Basin. Khori Newlander. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431111)


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min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16177

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