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Artifacts from the Cascades give scientists a window 9,600 years ago

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« on: November 16, 2009, 10:22:48 pm »

He said the obsidian, a volcanic glass, was probably brought in from another area by trading with other Indians bands. The nearest regional sources are in southern Washington and Oregon.

“That tells us about trade patterns and the distance people were moving in their annual rounds,” he said.

In addition to studying the artifacts, Andrews crafts his own stone tools, a form of experimental archaeology.

“I make them so I can look at the flakes I produced and look at how they pattern out. Then I compare them to the artifacts,” he said. “No one makes flake stone tools anymore, so we have to become the modern analogy. And then we can make some educated guesses about what we find.”
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