Poster Title (Current Submission)

Forgotten Pieces: A Lithic Debitage Analysis from the Scott County Pueblo, Western Kansas

Major(s)

Anthropology

Minor(s)

History

Mentor Name

Dr. Margaret Beck

Mentor Department

Anthropology

Abstract

The Scott County Pueblo (14SC1) is located in western Kansas by what is today the Scott County Lake. This site is believed to be the place where Taos Indians in 1664 sought refuge from the Spanish after the Pueblo Revolt. Later this site was occupied by Picuris Indians in 1694 also fleeing the Spanish. The Scott County Pueblo (14SC1) was ‘discovered’ by archaeologists in the late 19th century and since then has been excavated numerous times. This analysis has focused on the debitage (waste created through the production of stone tools) collected by James Gunnerson in the 1960s. The goal of this research has been to examine the stages of production in stone tool manufacture, looking not just at flake size, but cortex, the type of flakes being produced, raw material, and the raw materials’ source.

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Forgotten Pieces: A Lithic Debitage Analysis from the Scott County Pueblo, Western Kansas

The Scott County Pueblo (14SC1) is located in western Kansas by what is today the Scott County Lake. This site is believed to be the place where Taos Indians in 1664 sought refuge from the Spanish after the Pueblo Revolt. Later this site was occupied by Picuris Indians in 1694 also fleeing the Spanish. The Scott County Pueblo (14SC1) was ‘discovered’ by archaeologists in the late 19th century and since then has been excavated numerous times. This analysis has focused on the debitage (waste created through the production of stone tools) collected by James Gunnerson in the 1960s. The goal of this research has been to examine the stages of production in stone tool manufacture, looking not just at flake size, but cortex, the type of flakes being produced, raw material, and the raw materials’ source.