Assessing the Chronological Variation Within the Western Stemmed Tradition

Author(s): Richard Rosencrance

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Current Perspectives on the Western Stemmed Tradition-Clovis Debate in the Far West" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Western Stemmed Tradition (WST) projectile points exhibit considerable morphological variability, which may reflect difference in function, ethnolinguistic affiliation, resharpening/rejuvenation, or age. These ideas represent hypotheses that remain to be tested, and rejecting one or more of them will improve our understanding of the terminal Pleistocene/early Holocene. To address questions surrounding the morphological variability of WST points, I evaluate existing radiocarbon assays associated with WST-bearing archaeological components across the Far West and present new dates from five previously excavated sites where good chronological resolution was lacking or absent. These data are poised to inform on technological innovation and spread, population movements, and how and when early groups settled into the Far West.

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Assessing the Chronological Variation Within the Western Stemmed Tradition. Richard Rosencrance. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451822)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -168.574; min lat: 7.014 ; max long: -54.844; max lat: 74.683 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23081