Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

5-2009

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Arts in Anthropology, Archaeology

Department

Anthropology

Major Advisor

Mark G. Plew, PhD

Abstract

Excavations during 2007 and 2008 at site 10-CN-05, an archaeological site located on the Middle Snake River, five miles south of Melba, Idaho, uncovered material culture remains dating to the Late Archaic (2,500, years ago). An analysis of the archaeological remains, consisting of artifacts, lithic debris, and faunal remains, has provided insights into activities that occurred along the Western Snake River corridor. These activities include maintenance of lithic tools and procurement of medium and small sized mammals. The archaeology of 10-CN-05 suggests a pattern of sparsely populated, highly mobile hunter-gatherers making infrequent use of the area with relatively few repeat occupations.

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