Shawnee Minisink

Shawnee Minisink

A Stratified Paleoindian–Archaic Site in the Upper Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania

1st Edition - January 28, 1985

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  • Editor: Charles W. McNett
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276069

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Studies in Archaeology: Shawnee Minisink: A Stratified Paleoindian-Archaic Site in the Upper Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania focuses on the excavation of the Shawnee Minisink and its connection with the lifestyles of the earliest inhabitants of North America. The selection first offers information on the Upper Delaware Valley Early Man Project, early history of archaeological research at the Shawnee Minisink Site, and methodology and research design at the Shawnee Minisink Site. Discussions focus on data recovery design, evaluation of methodology, research context, and goals. The text then examines the biophysical conditions of the Upper Delaware Valley; aboriginal subsistence and site ecology as interpreted from microfloral and faunal remains; and artifact morphology and chronology at the Shawnee Minisink Site. The book takes a look at myth, reality, and the Upper Delaware Valley, Paleoindian artifact form and function at Shawnee Minisink, and Paleoindian to early archaic transition at the Shawnee Minisink Site. Topics include environmental setting, lithic analysis results, secondary modifications, hafting, endscraper distributional pattern, analytic technique and procedure, and paleoecological reconstruction. The selection is a dependable reference for archeologists wanting to conduct further studies on the Shawnee Minisink Site.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Preface

    Part I: Introduction

    1. The Upper Delaware Valley Early Man Project

    Background

    The Shawnee Minisink Site

    Research Context

    Conclusion

    References

    2. Early History of Archaeological Research at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    3. Methodology and Research Design at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    Goals

    Data Recovery Design

    Evaluation of Methodology

    References

    Part II: Environmental Setting

    4. The Upper Delaware Valley: Recent Past and Present Biophysical Conditions

    Introduction

    Geological History of the Upper Delaware Valley

    Present-Day Topography

    Climate

    Flora and Fauna of the Upper Delaware Valley

    References

    5. Aboriginal Subsistence and Site Ecology as Interpreted from Microfloral and Faunal Remains

    Introduction

    Paleoethnobotany

    Shawnee Minisink Floral Remains

    Discussion of Shawnee Minisink Floral Data

    Ecological Information on the Shawnee Minisink Site Environs from Seed Data

    The Paleoenvironment as Interpreted from Terrestrial Gastropods at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    Wood and Charcoal Analysis

    References

    Part III: The Artifacts

    6. Artifact Morphology and Chronology at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    Introduction

    Paleoindian

    Early Early Archaic

    Early Archaic

    Middle-Late Archaic

    Woodland

    Conclusion

    References

    Part IV: Interpretation

    7. Amerinds and the Environment: Myth, Reality, and the Upper Delaware Valley

    Introduction

    The Received View: Archaeology and Paleoecology

    Paleoecological Reconstruction

    Rethinking the Received View

    Conclusion

    References

    8. Paleoindian Artifact Form and Function at Shawnee Minisink

    Statement of Problem

    Analytic Technique

    Analytic Procedure

    Study Sample Description

    Conclusion

    Appendix: Attribute Definitions

    References

    9. The Relationship of Morphological Variation to Hafting Techniques Among Paleoindian Endscrapers at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    Introduction

    Basic Technology

    Secondary Modifications

    Hafting

    Endscraper Distributional Pattern

    Summary

    References

    10. Paleoindian to Early Archaic Transition at the Shawnee Minisink Site

    Introduction

    Environmental Setting

    Lithic Analysis: Methodology

    Lithic Analysis: Results

    Conclusions

    References

    11. A Technological Analysis of the Early Archaic

    Introduction

    A Technological Overview

    The Isolation of Living Floors from the Compacted Stratigraphy of the Early Archaic

    The Reconstruction of Living Floors

    Conclusion

    References

    12. The Shawnee Minisink Site: An Overview

    Introduction

    Paleoindian

    Early Early Archaic

    Archaic

    Terminal Archaic to Middle Woodland

    Late Woodland

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 342
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: January 28, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276069

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Charles W. McNett

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