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By Linda S. Cordell, Kent Lightfoot, Francis McManamon, George Milner

The greatness of the USA is true lower than our toes. the yank past—the humans, battles, and homes—can be came across not just in libraries and museums, but in addition in 1000's of archaeological websites that scientists examine with nice care. those websites should not in far-off lands, obtainable in basic terms via examine scientists, yet nearby—almost each locale possesses a parcel of land necessary of archaeological exploration. Archaeology in the US is the 1st source that gives scholars, researchers, and someone attracted to their neighborhood background with a survey of crucial archaeological discoveries in North the US. top students, such a lot with an intimate wisdom of the world, have written in-depth essays on over three hundred of crucial archaeological websites that specify the significance of the location, the historical past of the folk who left the artifacts, and the character of the continued research.Archaeology in the US divides it insurance into eight areas: the Arctic and Subarctic, the nice Basin and Plateau, the nice Plains and Rocky Mountains, the Midwest, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Southwest, and the West Coast. every one access offers readers with an obtainable evaluate of the archaeological web site in addition to books and articles for additional study.

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Among these tools were steatite (soapstone) bowls, Marcy Creek–style ceramics, broad chipped-stone blades, and the Brewerton-style projectile points. Also present during the Late and Transitional Archaic periods were the so-called Small Stemmed Tradition projectile point types. Not unexpectedly, most of the Early and Middle Archaic sites located and tested so far have either been surface components, in both upland and lowland settings, or deeply buried occupation zones in lowland riverine settings.

The geographical foci of these essays include portions of the Connecticut, Hudson, Susquehanna, and Shenandoah rivers; Lake Champlain; and Chesapeake Bay. These important natural features influenced ancient and historic period human communications and enterprises throughout the region. Before 15,000 years ago, two-thirds of this region, the area north of an east-west line from the southern coast of New England to mid-Pennsylvania, was covered by the glaciers of the most recent Ice Age. South of that line, however, the region includes some of the earliest ancient sites in North America (Cactus Hill and Meadowcroft Rockshelter).

1999). Additional research on the site and in the region could help address the proposition of pre-Clovis antiquity for this important site. Shawnee-Minisink is located on a terrace of the Delaware River in eastern Pennsylvania. Archaeological deposits at the site extend to a depth of about 10 feet below the surface. Archaeologists from American University excavated about 25 percent of the site over a four-year period in the mid- to late 1970s. Excavations recovered over 55,000 artifacts from an area of about 3,900 square feet.

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