Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sarah Neusius, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Phillip Neusius, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Susan Prezzano, Ph.D.


In the Northeast, periods known as the Archaic and the Paleo-Indian are poorly understood. When specifically looking at Western Pennsylvania, which has rich archaeological data, the amount of work that has focused on these early periods appears limited (Cowin and Neusius in press). This thesis describes the lithic assemblage, features, and activities from the State Road Ripple (36CL0052) site located along the Clarion River. The Middle Archaic period is the main focus since there is a site located in close proximity to use as a comparative site. With this information, use of the State Road Ripple site is established, which leads to the main focus of this thesis: to add to the current information about the Middle Archaic period in the region by looking at the State Road Ripple site.

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