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A Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Projectile Point Maintenance using Experimental Resharpening Techniques: An Examination of PFP1 Curation, Cooper’s Ferry Site, Idaho Public Deposited

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  • The incorporation of experimental archaeology into the study of lithic technologies has provided archaeologists with a framework to understand past behaviors. The analysis of stone tools has the potential to reveal morphologic characteristics unique to the manufacture, use, and maintenance of stone tools. The implementation of controlled experiments to identify and describe the behaviors of the past has been influential in understanding the material evidence left behind in the archaeological record. The Cooper’s Ferry Site in western Idaho has presented an opportunity to evaluate the curation of fourteen Western Stemmed Tradition (WST) projectile points discovered in a cache, Pit Feature P1 (PFP1). This cache pit has been described as having displayed distinct characteristics of use and resharpening before being interred in the ground (Davis et al. 2017), and this assumption will further be explored in this study. By introducing a series of resharpening experiments and geometric morphometric analyses, stages of resharpening will be identified and described as a comparative tool for stone tool curation.
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