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A Basketmaker II Wooden Tool Cache from Lower Glen Canyon

Phil R. Geib
Kiva
Vol. 55, No. 3 (1990), pp. 265-277
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30247240
Page Count: 13
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A Basketmaker II Wooden Tool Cache from Lower Glen Canyon
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Abstract

A cache of three Basketmaker II wooden tools was found in a shallow alcove of lower Glen Canyon. The cache includes a digging stick and a complete and fragmentary S-shaped stick of the type recovered from BMII sites such as White Dog Cave, and variously referred to as clubs, rabbit-sticks, and fending sticks. The complete S-shaped stick is believed to have been used as a fending stick, whereas the fragmentary example apparently had been recycled as a throwing stick. The grass lining of the cache pit has a calibrated 2 sigma radiocarbon age of 760 to 200 B.C. This date corroborates another early date on BMII remains from the nearby Rock Creek Alcove and supports the conclusion that the ancestral Anasazi had occupied lower Glen Canyon as early as 400 B.C.

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