Wednesday, February 13, 2008
A large part of our project area contains old stream terraces that are covered with gravel and cobbles of good chippable stone. The prehistoric people who lived here used these as source areas for their lithic tools. Above you can see some crew members recording a small site consisting of a core and a few flakes located on one of those terraces. We have found dozens of sites like this.
Some time back I posted on cores and lithic reduction based on a picture Steve took in a Turkish museum. Most cores you will see on sites here in North America are the size of your fist or smaller. Some cores we have found here are the biggest I have ever seen.
Here is my colleague Sarah taking some measurements on one of those big boys.