Date of Award

Summer 8-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Glover

Abstract

Traversant is a well stratified archaeological site in Troup County, Georgia. This thesis focuses on the Archaic period (10,000-3,000 B.P.) deposits at the site to better understand what life was like for people in this area during these millennia. The location was close to an array of natural resources that were exploited by its inhabitants. Determining the role that lithic materials played is one of the most important aspects of this project, especially the projectile points/knives (PPKs). The PPKs at Traversant are key chronological markers. The excavations revealed features and other artifact types like soapstone bowl fragments and Stallings pottery that provide data on the activities happening at the site. Models of Archaic period lifeways (Primary Forest Efficiency, Band/Macroband, Riverine-Interriverine and Adaptive Flexibility) are tested against these data.

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