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A Relational Approach to Broadspear Lithic Typologies in Eastern North America

September 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Presented by Amy Fox, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Virtual via Zoom

Northeastern North American regional stone tool typologies define three related types of broadpoint: the Atlantic point in the Maritimes and New England, the Snook Kill point in New York and Ontario regions, and the Lehigh/Koens Crispin point in the Susquehanna and Delaware River valleys. Each point existed at the same time and was made on locally available raw materials. A sample of 246 broadpoints all defined regionally as one of those types is studied using 2D elliptical Fourier outline analysis. Using a principal components analysis, the point types are compared for differences in shape. What results is a complete lack of defining characteristics that would separate the types. A history of Archaic Period research is taken into consideration to explain the reasons that these point types were initially separated and not considered the same type. What results is a critical examination of historic practice.

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September 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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