Caches are among the most interesting archaeological finds. Their analysis has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. These analyses of caches are fascinating, rich, and valuable sources of archaeological information. The evolution of artifact and cache analysis combined with experimental archaeology and the accumulated knowledge of the archaeological and scientific communities over the past century have contributed substantially to a greater understanding of trade between groups, settlement patterns, and the life-ways of prehistoric Native Americans of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. New finds discovered over decades of additional excavations and technological advances have led us into the twenty-first century with new theories to ponder and explore. One such new theory revolves around Petalas-like blades, also known as Fox Creek blades, and their form and use. Through research and experimental archaeology a pattern has emerged that suggests that these commonly considered finished blades are actually preforms buried in caches for further production to ultimately be used in anadromous fish processing.
|Keywords:||Archaeology, Lithics, Stone Tools, Woodland Period, Petalas|
Archaeologist, Cultural Resource Division, The Louis Berger Group, Brick, New Jersey, USA
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