Chipping Away through Space and Time: A Macroevolutionary Approach to Household Spatial Organization

Author(s): Ethan Ryan

Year: 2018


Archaeological investigations at Housepit 54 within the Bridge River site have exposed seventeen discreet floors primarily dating to ca. 1500-1000 cal. B.P. In this poster, we draw data from a subset of the site’s floors in order to address questions about the potential spatial and temporal relationships between the patterning of hearth-centered activity areas by primarily examining variability in lithic artifacts. Faunal remains and other features will also be included in analysis. Using the same methodological and theoretical approach for each floor, we examine feature form and function, lithic tool production and maintenance, animal and plant processing, taphonomic processes, and potentially, ritualistic practices in order to reconstruct the means by which the items within each activity area came to be co-associated. From these studies, we draw conclusions regarding the functional uses of these spaces on the house floor and their relationship over time. We then seek to address potential relationships between activity areas by the application of the ArcGIS spatial analysis toolbox and the examination of inter-assemblage variability. Results of this research permit us to develop a range of implications regarding household occupational history and sociality.

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Chipping Away through Space and Time: A Macroevolutionary Approach to Household Spatial Organization. Ethan Ryan. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443306)

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min long: -141.504; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -51.68; max lat: 73.328 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20954