Revisiting CA-VEN-1 and Millingstone Culture Re-examined

Author(s): Herb Dallas

Year: 2018


The concept of Millingstone has long and intriguing history in California Archaeology. Millingstone conjures up visions of early, simple, crude tools, and a confusing legacy. Millingstone Culture is not easy to define, though it is quite consistent throughout its geographic distribution. Millingstone never fit clearly into earlier theoretical paradigms. Millingstone has been variously described as a technology, as a culture, as an adaptation, as a Horizon, as a tradition, as a regional pattern, and as a subsistence strategy. Perception and interpretation of Millingstone sites have often been colored strongly by early investigations of these settlements. Using an updated paradigm of the coastal migration theory can offer some new insights into redefining older interpretations of Millingstone sites. I use newer data from the "Little Sycamore" site to show how broader research questions and newer data collection methods can shed new light on Millingstone and its interpretation.

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Revisiting CA-VEN-1 and Millingstone Culture Re-examined. Herb Dallas. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442752)

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min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21618