A Tale Told . . . Signifying Nothing

Author(s): Jessica Cook Hale

Year: 2021


This is an abstract from the "Advances in Global Submerged Paleolandscapes Research" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Submerged prehistoric archaeology by its nature depends intensively on natural science methods, particularly where topics such as submerged site formation processes are concerned. As such, it offers potential to advance the state of the art in both methodology and interpretation but must be applied with due care. I present here a case study that demonstrates this concern. In the search for a nondestructive, cost-effective method to “fingerprint” geochemical signatures in lithic corrosion created by submerged contexts, limitations in the methods were encountered. Results show promise for lithic studies in this discipline but underscore the need for critical interpretive methods. In addition to critiquing the method, I will offer suggestions for future approaches that may better accomplish study goals.

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A Tale Told . . . Signifying Nothing. Jessica Cook Hale. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466942)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 32656