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Prehistoric Upland Tool Production In The Central Alaska Range, Brian T. Wygal Jan 2010

Prehistoric Upland Tool Production In The Central Alaska Range, Brian T. Wygal

Anthropology Faculty Publications

The Bull River II site represents an important alpine tool production site in the central Alaska Range south of Broad Pass. Initial test excavations produced a sizable lithic assemblage and charcoal dated to the Younger Dryas. A lithic analysis comparing Bull River II and the undated Costello Creek assemblages reveals biface production was the primary activity at both locations. Discovered at relatively high elevations (>1000 m.a.s.l.), the sites reflect an underrepresented Eastern Beringian site type related to upland resource procurement and offer a basis for testing seasonal land-use models.