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A Lithic Analysis of Paraje San Diego, New Mexico, United States

Author(s): Paul W. van Wandelen

Year: 2017

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For nearly three hundred years of official use, with long periods of unofficial use both pre- and post-dating the road, the Camino Real del Tierra Adentro served as one of the major conduits of transportation in New Mexico. Along the route, campsites, known as parajes, were established to provide adequate stopping points and access to resources for the variety of travelers which used the road. Paraje San Diego, one of the most established of these stopping points in the Jornada del Muerto, was originally excavated in 1994. A recent analysis of the lithic materials recovered from the site was conducted and suggests that lithic use at the site included materials from a variety of sources and was primarily related to tool manufacture and use. Because of the prolonged usage of the site, these results give insight into the use and transport of lithic materials on historic roads.

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A Lithic Analysis of Paraje San Diego, New Mexico, United States. Paul W. van Wandelen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435570)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 436

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