Date of Award
Master of Science
This research describes the organization of chipped stone lithic technology at the Mohler Farm site (13MA30), excavated in 1964 by David Gradwohl of Iowa State University. This site is a Moingona phase Oneota site located in south-central Iowa. This is primary archaeological data on a well-known but unanalyzed Moingona phase site. A brief outline of the excavations is provided. Documentation of the assemblage focuses on raw material procurement, site function, task diversity, tool production, and expedient and curated technologies. Proposed is a system of lithic adaptation reliant upon localized and non-local chert resources, minimal task diversity associated with game procurement and hide processing, minimal tool production time allotment due to agricultural developments, and the combination of both curated and expedient technologies in the toolkit. The assemblage is then interpreted in terms of contemporary Oneota models of social and environmental adaptation with emphasis on the roles of women and children in the production of the archaeological record.
Branden Kain Scott
Scott, Branden Kain, "The organization of lithic technology at the Mohler Farm site (13MA30) : a Moingona phase Oneota occupation in the central Des Moines River valley" (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 19050.