2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Pei-Lin Yu


Historically, high altitude camps were not given careful attention by archaeologists due to what was considered an extreme and barren landscape. This poster examines the material culture of Native Americans that were utilizing these high alpine environments through archaeological evidence and ethnographic information along with their change through time from the Middle Archaic (5,000-1,000 B.C.) to the Late Archaic period (1,000 B.C. to A.D. 500.) in the Great Basin. Along with using the Lewis Binford hunter-gatherer database models which can aid in environmental variables such as the potential of plant biomass productivity and makes ethnographically informed estimates of resource strategies for different elevations from known hunter-gathering groups. This can give us insight into what types of subsistence patterns a group might have been utilizing in this region.