Colorado State University
Meeker, Halston F.C.
Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado.
Degree: MA, Anthropology, 2017, Colorado State University
Stone circle sites are notorious for low artifact frequencies. This deters archaeological study because low artifact frequencies are thought to limit research potential. Two stone circle sites, Killdeer Canyon (5LR289) and T-W Diamond (5LR200) offer insight into short-term habitations, despite their low artifact frequencies. The two sites are located in northern Colorado, in the hogback zone along the Front Range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. The Colorado State University field school excavated the sites in 1982 and 1971 respectively. Artifacts from the interior of the features include lithic tools and debris, bone, and ceramics. This thesis examines each artifact class from excavated context as a proxy for understanding the length and number of occupations. Local and non-local chipped stone ratios, faunal procurement and processing strategies, and petrographic analysis are used to address how long and how many times each site was occupied. New radiocarbon dates show contemporaneity between rings at each site, dating Killdeer Canyon to the late A.D. 1600s and T-W Diamond to the late A.D. 1200s. These data demonstrate the ephemerality of the two sites but highlight potential differences in site use. While Killdeer Canyon likely represents a small group passing through an area, T-W Diamond could represent a larger group congregation, perhaps for hunting purposes. Furthermore, this thesis attests to the merit of using multiple lines of evidence to compensate for small sample sizes.
Advisors/Committee Members: LaBelle, Jason M. (advisor), Pante, Michael (committee member), Jacobi, Tobi (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: Plains; Rocky Mountains; Structure; Residential; Habitation; Stone circle
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APA (6th Edition):
Meeker, H. F. C. (2017). Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado. (Masters Thesis). Colorado State University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181359
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Meeker, Halston F C. “Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado.” 2017. Masters Thesis, Colorado State University. Accessed December 17, 2017.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Meeker, Halston F C. “Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado.” 2017. Web. 17 Dec 2017.
Meeker HFC. Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Colorado State University; 2017. [cited 2017 Dec 17].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181359.
Council of Science Editors:
Meeker HFC. Measuring occupation span at two stone circle sites in Larimer County, Colorado. [Masters Thesis]. Colorado State University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10217/181359