Elko Chronology: Connelly Caves Lithic Analysis and Great Basin Implications


Consistent Elko chronology in the Northern Great Basin remains elusive to the archeological community. Numerous symptoms can be determined to be the cause of this absence of information, including a lack of in depth analysis in the region, extensive sediment disturbance leading to non-conclusive stratigraphic dating where studies have taken place, and a shortage of differential site comparisons. Connelly Caves provides an amazing opportunity to combat this archeological affliction through the analysis of the convergence of Elko era lithic technologies. Paired with extensive literature analysis, site comparisons and detailed chronological construction, further insight into Elko lithic technologies and implications can be achieved. The completion of this poster will result in a detailed explanation of Elko Lithic technology, including physical identification, construction, use, and chronology. Implications of the importance of using lithic technologies within the archeological record to track cultural transmission and evolution will be discussed, along with the results of in depth analysis of the Elko presence at Connelly Caves. Further extrapolation of the caves geographic importance and history will be addressed and the placement of the lithic chronology into the larger world-view of the Elko Archeological record will bring this undertaking to completion.

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Elko Chronology: Connelly Caves Lithic Analysis and Great Basin Implications. Cahill Shpall, Katelyn McDonough, Dennis Jenkins. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443237)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 22741