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Unpublished Paper
Exploring Late Archaic Refuse Disposal and Site Structure at a Camas Processing Site in the Willamette Valley, Oregon
Prepared for the 46th Annual Northwest Anthropology Conference (1993)
  • Douglas C. Wilson, Portland State University
Abstract
The organization of activity and discard space at the South Muddy site (35LIN451) is
examined using spatial and artifact analyses. The presence of cobble and fire-cracked
rock concentrations characteristic of camas roasting facilities, "storage" pits, charred
camas bulbs, and relatively large frequencies of expedient tools are interpreted as the
remains of camas procurement and processing equipment while the presence of
formalized secondary refuse deposits and distinctive patterns of activity and discard
areas suggests repeated occupation of the site by the same (or closely-related) persons
over time. I propose that Middle to Late Archaic groups exploiting the Muddy Creek
drainage were localized with respect to camas procurement and processing. This
supports models of Late Archaic camas intensification and drainage sub-basin levels of
occupational diversity.
Keywords
  • spatial analysis,
  • Late Archaic,
  • Oregon,
  • Willamette Valley
Publication Date
Spring March 24, 1993
Citation Information
Douglas C. Wilson. "Exploring Late Archaic Refuse Disposal and Site Structure at a Camas Processing Site in the Willamette Valley, Oregon" Prepared for the 46th Annual Northwest Anthropology Conference (1993)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/douglas_wilson/33/