Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

The Possibilities of Surface Survey. An example from the Mono Lake Basin, Western United States

Ryan Brady


Located on the western edge of the North American Great Basin, the Mono Lake basin is an area that has been studies both ethnographically and archaeologically. The basin consists of a varied environment that has not been evenly sampled by limited excavations. The excavated sites have identified distinct patterns of prehistoric and protohistoric lifeways. An environmentally stratified surface survey of lakeshore wetland habitats was conducted and identified differences in their prehistoric use. This surface study uses obsidian hydration for chronological control and distinguishes difference in prehistoric adaptations that are not apparent through the excavations alone.

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