The prehistory of the southwest coast of Newfoundland

Penney, Gerald (1984) The prehistory of the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study represents three (1979-81) field seasons of archaeological survey and excavation on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Prior to this research our understanding of its prehistory was limited. Survey results suggest that this submerging coast was thinly populated throughout most of the prehistoric period. -- Excavation at the multi-component L'Anse a Flamme site revealed distinctive and previously unrecognized Recent Indian lithic assemblages. Four other southwest coast sites were found to contain similar assemblages which are herein proposed as the Little Passage Complex. The complex may represent either Indian cultural florescence and coastal re-occupation or new migrants following Dorset demise. Its relationship to the historically known Beothuck remains unclear, however, radiocarbon age determinations from Little Passage sites elsewhere on the Island, place it late in the prehistoric period.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/3998
Item ID: 3998
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 241-250.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Anthropology
Date: 1984
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador, Southwest Coast
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Excavations (Archaeology)--Newfoundland and Labrador; Archaeological surveying--Newfoundland and Labrador; Indians of North America--Newfoundland and Labrador--Antiquities; Inuit--Newfoundland and Labrador--Antiquities; L'Anse a Flamme (N.L.)--Antiquities; Newfoundland and Labrador--Antiquities

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