Modeling Discrete Paleoindian Work Areas

Author(s): Joseph A. M. Gingerich

Year: 2018


At many archaeological sites, discrete concentrations of artifacts or the clustering of similar tool types are often interpreted as individual work areas or evidence of specific activities. Using sets of refitted artifacts from the Shawnee-Minisink site, representing individual knapping and tool use events, I examine the relationship between known work areas and areas with varying artifact densities, where activities are less defined. By examining the relationship between refit distance, artifact density, raw material use, and the spacing of features the location of certain features or activity areas may be predictable at other hunter-gatherer sites. These results are considered in concert with the duration of site occupation and the spacing of activity areas at other Paleoindian sites.

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Modeling Discrete Paleoindian Work Areas. Joseph A. M. Gingerich. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443894)

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Abstract Id(s): 21948