Investigations at Half Mile Rise Sink (8TA98): A Submerged Paleoindian Site in Northwest Florida

Author(s): Analise Hollingshead

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Half Mile Rise Sink (8TA98) is located within the Half Mile Rise portion of the Aucilla River in Northwest Florida. This site offers vital clues on Paleoindian lifeways of peoples occupying the Big Bend region of Florida. Here, Paleoindian projectile points and other lithics, faunal remains, and bone tools were recovered during previous investigations from a sandy deposit on the edge of an inundated sinkhole. The projectile points encompass the entire known Paleoindian period in Florida, including Page-Ladson, waisted Suwannee, and Greenbriar types. Formal analysis of these points in comparison with diagnostics from other nearby sites offers further information on these types. In addition, I present information on the geoarchaeological context of Half Mile Rise Sink, examining the site formation processes at this site via core analysis, isotopic analysis, and new excavations. Previous studies of nearby submerged sites in the Aucilla River have proven to offer vital clues on First American studies, and Half Mile Rise Sink has the potential to do the same.

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Investigations at Half Mile Rise Sink (8TA98): A Submerged Paleoindian Site in Northwest Florida. Analise Hollingshead. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449397)

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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): 25113