Interpreting the Jan Wise Collection: An Analysis of Lithic Preference in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Schwandt, Zoe C.
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This thesis utilizes regional studies, new materials from the Jan Wise Collection, and an agency-centric understanding of Archaic history to interpret lithic preference diachronically in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The study area spans temporally from Early Archaic to Late Woodland with its heaviest concentrations in the Archaic. Geographically, the study area is nestled within the lower order tributaries of the Susquehanna River and Schuylkill River. Situated within a highly active zone in terms of interaction, trade, and alliances as well as during a time of high mobility, this study area represents a cultural milieu. The assemblage is highly representative of local materials which lends itself to a multitude of interpretations and explanations. While pre-existing theories of an Archaic preference for local materials is supported, an alternative explanation is offered that understands the apparent local preference for quartzite, especially in the study area, as a manifestation of identity construction.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2017
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