Tracing Paleoindian Projectile Point Diversity in the American Southeast


Paleoindian projectile points occur in high incidences in the American Southeast, and compared to other regions in the East, the Southeast has the greatest projectile point diversity. One effective way to understand this diversity is by tracking broad-scale morphological variation in suites of point traits to build cultural lineages. In this paper, we take a more trait-specific approach. We trace changes in projectile point design to understand the evolution of specific point attributes that were under selection. Through this approach, we explore when and where certain aspects of point design were adopted, what traits were linked or co-adopted, and how these traits may have influenced point function. By tracing changes in specific technological design elements, we hope to identify some of the social and adaptive processes that resulted in such high regional point diversity.

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Tracing Paleoindian Projectile Point Diversity in the American Southeast. Ashley Smallwood, Thomas Jennings, Charlotte Pevny. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443795)

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min long: -93.735; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -73.389; max lat: 39.572 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20927