ANTH 3650 Lecture Notes - Maritime Archaic, Walrus Ivory, Calcite

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Early archaeologists puzzled by first burial sites. Only had traces of bones which made it impossible to date the sites. Red ocher found in many graves in newfoundland named the red paint people. But there was little information on how red paint people lived because they never found any dwelling sites. Details on life revealed in unearthing of cemetery in newfoundland. Cemetery used as burial site for 100 years. Beaches with fine sand, made it easy to dig. Beach is very alkaline-8. 0 ph and easy drainage made preservation possible. Most extensive archaic burial site in newfoundland. One of the largest in north eastern north america. 53 separate burials with almost 100 skeletons. Thousands of hunting implements, tools and other grave goods found in the graves. Boulder slabs placed on top-markers or to prevent disturbance. Many still had signs of intrusion either natural or mankind. Locus iv-infant graves which were unassociated with others.

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