Lithic Raw Material Utilization and Social Interaction in the Late Prehistory of the Lower Kalamazoo River Valley
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. William Cremin
Dr. Elizabeth Garland
Dr. Robert Sundick
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Lithic debitage from Late Woodland sites in the Lower Kalamazoo River Valley were examined for identifiable raw material. These data were analyzed for their relationships with source areas from throughout the Midwest region. The presence of exotic raw material in archaeological sites was then compared to social interaction patterns of the Early Allegan, Late Allegan, and Upper Mississippian traditions in the region.
Exotic raw material data suggest that a pattern of exchange and social interaction existed throughout the Late Woodland period. This pattern appears to have fluctuated in intensity through time. A decrease in social interaction is evident during the Late Allegan Phase, followed by a resurgence of activity with the introduction of the Upper Mississippian culture. This pattern of exchange of lithic raw material does not coincide with the interaction patterns recorded for ceramic data at the same time. Ceramic variability reflects increased social interaction during the Late Allegan Phase.
Goatley, Daniel Barton, "Lithic Raw Material Utilization and Social Interaction in the Late Prehistory of the Lower Kalamazoo River Valley" (1993). Masters Theses. 785.