Date of Award

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Sarah W. Neusius, Ph.D., RPA

Second Advisor

Beverly A. Chiarulli, Ph.D., RPA

Third Advisor

Sandra L. Olsen, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Benjamin Resnick, M.A., RPA

Abstract

This research addresses two large gaps in the archaeological record. The first involves the lack of detailed analysis for bone artifacts from Late Prehistoric Monongahela sites in southwestern Pennsylvania. The second concerns evaluating evidence for social identity within Middle Monongahela phases in southwestern Pennsylvania. This research provides a systematic and scholarly approach addressing both issues. This study examines bone artifacts for evidence of ethnic attributes and compares inter-site distribution of bone artifacts with shared stylistic qualities in order to assess social identity among Middle Monongahela phases.

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