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Lecture 23 Part 2 – Middle Plains Archaic

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Department
Anthropology
Course
Anthropology 2231F/G
Professor
Christopher Ellis
Semester
Summer

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Lecture 23 Part 2 – Middle Plains Archaic Middle Plains Archaic: 5,000 – 3,300 BP  Major changes between 5,000-4,500 BP  Moisture increased, more grasses on plains, bison o More bison kills (bison in modern form) o People moving onto the plains more o Associated more with the north, called the McKean Complex  McKean Complex o 4,500-3,300 BP o Named after site in northwestern Wyoming o People starting to produce a variety of point styles o Wider range of sites, some occupations in the foothills  Rockshelters occupied in the summer-early fall, used extensively for plant harvesting (lots of monos and matates)  Appearance of roasting ovens for preparing plant foods  Occupation sites on ridge-top sites  Stream close by, good vantage point to watch for game  Appearance of stone circles  Circle of large stones, about 4-7 meters across  Pr
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