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Many edges to the wedges : an overview of microblade technology in western Canada

Description

Microblade technology in western Canada is reviewed within a regional framework to broaden archaeologists’ understanding of its geographic and temporal distribution. Substantial references are made to archaeological grey literature. Focusing on two main microcore forms (Denali and fixed platform), the technology is shown to be found throughout the Holocene epoch, concentrated principally in British Columbia and the Yukon, with fewer occurrences in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Microcore morphologies are strongly dependent on the qualities of toolstones used in their manufacture; the principal core forms demonstrate regionally distinct distributions and weak temporal trends. From the Late Pleistocene and through the Holocene, microblade technology in northwestern North America appears to increase and decrease in popularity on track with major climatic episodes. Substantial progress has been made in recent times in substantiating a north to south time-slope trend in microblade distribution yet knowledge gaps remain in north-central British Columbia, Alberta, and the western Northwest Territories. Technical features of microblade technology offer opportunities to study social aspects of ancient societies.

Updated

November 28, 2023

Tags
Archaeological Survey of Alberta Denali Western Canada archaeology fixed platform microblades microcore toolstone

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Arts, Culture and Status of Women

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2023-11-28

Date Added

2023-11-28T21:45:11.309363

Date Modified

2023-11-28

Date Issued

2023-11-28

Audience information

Identifiers

ISBN (pdf)

9781460158944

ISSN (online)

2562-7848

Usage / Licence

Licence

No licence

Contact

Contact Name

Archaeological Survey of Alberta