lithic analysis

by Tara L. Potts and Philip J. Carr

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Lithics and Reconstructing Cultural Lifeways - Flakes, Tool Use, and Other Lithics - Conclusions
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Conclusions

Analysis of the Madison Park lithics assemblage produced interesting results and hypotheses for further testing. First, it appears that multiple diagnostic point types are essentially contemporaneous at Madison Park. There is evidence to suggest that some hafted bifaces functioned as arrow points and others represent darts or knives. Use wear analysis may aid in clarifying these distinctions. Second, we hypothesize that the Madison Park site was occupied year-round by at least a portion of the population. This sedentary occupation fits with observations at other large Late Woodland sites. Third, the lithic assemblage is an excellent example of observations made by Parry and Kelly (1987) regarding stockpiling of raw materials, lack of formal stone tools, and the expedient nature of the toolkit. Finally, a variety of activities were conducted at Madison Park, as evidenced by the ground stone tools and chipped stone tools.


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