Classification of Early Alaskan Archaeological Assemblages: the Search for Useful Criteria
Publication Type:Conference Paper
A number of classification schemes have been used to account for the early archaeological record in Alaska and adjacent regions. Archaeologists have not always agreed on the criteria for assignment to one or another of the various complexes, phases, and traditions. Often researchers emphasize one or two characteristics and do not always accounted for the entire artifact assemblage under study. Other factors that can affect classification include site locations, functions, and season of occupation. This paper examines some of the details of classification, and offers suggestions on how to critically assign membership.