Connecting Lithic Technology to Socio-economic Organization at Site 48PA551

Author(s): Emma Vance; Ethan Ryan; Anna Marie Prentiss

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "New Multidisciplinary Research at 48PA551: A Middle Archaic (McKean Complex) Site in Northwest Wyoming" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The well-known Middle Archaic site, 48PA551, in northwestern Wyoming, was originally described as a single McKean Complex occupation. New data from 2018 now suggests the possibility of two occupations. This provides the opportunity to consider the connection between the organization of lithic technology and mobility/subsistence organization between the two occupation periods. Current data imply a high degree residential stability and likely use of logistical mobility during the early occupation followed by a shift to a much less stable residential pattern in the latter occupation. Lithic assemblages excavated in 2018 can provide detailed insight into technological decision-making associated with these alternative organizational scenarios. Thus, this poster explores new insights into Middle Archaic/McKean Complex socio-economic, drawing data from analyses of tool manufacture, use, and transport patterns for a variety of raw material sources.

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Connecting Lithic Technology to Socio-economic Organization at Site 48PA551. Emma Vance, Ethan Ryan, Anna Marie Prentiss. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450824)


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Abstract Id(s): 25282