Anthropology, Department of


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Nebraska Anthropologist 2012


Copyright 2012


Scholars have begun to question whether microartifacts can tell archaeologists anything about what was occurring at a particular activity area. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Department of Anthropology, 2010 Archaeology Field School obtained soil core samples at the Reller Prairie #14 site in southeastern Nebraska with the objective to utilize microartifact analysis in determining human activity at this site. Processes used in the analysis and identification of microartifacts in these core samples are reviewed, and the subsequent results and recommendations are briefly discussed. It was concluded from the analysis of the soil samples that microartifacts at this site allude to human activity, but were indeterminate as to the use of the site, and will serve as a baseline for future investigations at the Reller Prairie.

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