A lesson in stone: examining patterns of lithic resources use and craft-learning in the Minas Basin region of Nova Scotia

Jalbert, Catherine L. (2011) A lesson in stone: examining patterns of lithic resources use and craft-learning in the Minas Basin region of Nova Scotia. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Examining the Late Woodland (1500-450 BP) quarry/workshop site of Davidson Cove, located in the Minas Basin region of Nova Scotia, a sample of debitage and a collection of stone implements appear to provide correlates of the novice and raw material production practices. Many researchers have hypothesized that lithic materials discovered at multiple sites within the region originated from the outcrop at Davidson Cove, however little information is available on lithic sourcing of the Minas Basin cherts. Considering the lack of archaeological knowledge concerning lithic procurement and production, patterns of resource use among the prehistoric indigenous populations in this region of Nova Scotia are established through the analysis of existing collections. By analysing the lithic materials quarried and initially reduced at the quarry/workshop with other contemporaneous assemblages from the region, an interpretation of craft-learning can be situated in the overall technological organization and subsistence strategy for the study area.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10726
Item ID: 10726
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 120-130).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Stone implements--Nova Scotia--Minas Basin; Quarries and quarrying--Nova Scotia--Minas Basin; Artisans--Nova Scotia--Minas Basin; Archaeological assemblages--Nova Scotia--Minas Basin; Antiquities, Prehistoric--Nova Scotia--Minas Basin; Prehistoric pe

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