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The Promontory Caves Plant Macrofossil Record

Author(s): David Rhode

Year: 2017

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Summary

The dry deposits in Promontory Caves #1 and #2, northern Utah, contain abundant well-preserved plant materials related to the late prehistoric occupations there. Much of the plant macrofossil record in both caves, especially Cave #1, represents the manufacture of textiles, in particular the production of bulrush matting. Plant remains attributable to dietary use constitute a small part of the overall assemblage, consistent with the negligible evidence of plant food processing such as milling equipment. Here I consider the place of plant utilization in the Promontory Caves occupations, and potential indications of cultural connections with proto-Apachean populations and with local Great Basin societies such as the Fremont.


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The Promontory Caves Plant Macrofossil Record. David Rhode. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431870)


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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): 15015

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