Observations on the age, distribution, and attributes of the Matanzas point type

Madeleine G. Evans, Dale L. McElrath

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Abstract

In this article, we employ post-processual concepts of "communities of practice" and "chaine-operatoire" to examine the Matanzas point type. We conclude that Matanzas points, as originally defined by Munson and Harn (1966), represent a very distinctly manufactured, hafted biface tool tradition, with well-defined metric and nonmetric traits. In the 1970s, this projectile point type definition was expanded, potentially making it a less useful cultural indicator. Based on the reported age and distribution of Matanzas points throughout the Midwest, evidence of distantly related social groupings and population movement and dispersal are posited.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760--797
JournalIllinois Archaeology: Journal of the Illinois Archaeology Survey
Volume22
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • ISAS

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