Presentation Title

Native American Lithic Artifacts in Putnam County WV: The Gibson Collection

Presenter Information

Donald WhittFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Native American, artifacts, lithic

Biography

I grew up in a military household, and eventually joined the Navy myself when I was of age, so I have traveled around a bit. Upon leaving the Navy, I wanted to learn more about past cultures and decided to return to college with a major in Anthropology. I have focused much of my studies on Archaeology as I am very passionate about learning as much as I can from the cultural items left behind by social groups of the past.

Major

Anthropology ; Classical Latin

Advisor for this project

Dr. Nick Freidin

Start Date

20-4-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2018 3:15 PM

Abstract

Native American Lithic Artifacts in Putnam County WV:

The Gibson Collection

The purpose of this project is to conduct an artifact analysis on a private collection of Native American lithic tools, and ceramic artifacts. The collection belongs to one of my family members, and all pieces were discovered within two fields in Fraziers Bottom WV over the last four decades. This project is essentially an archaeological mitigation, an attempt to record data from a collection which has the potential to be lost, or dispersed at some future time. My methodology consists of several steps including: Research of the background of the collection, including ownership, method and dates of collection, curation, etc.; geographical location with a description of the area including topography, rocks, soils, etc. with maps and aerial photos; an overview of the local prehistory with a synopsis of the various prehistoric periods and cultures known from the area; a collection summary with a general description of the collection including the number of artifacts, types of artifacts, and periods represented; a catalogue that includes photos of the individual artifacts, measurements, descriptions, and typology (including chronological affiliation); The conclusion explains how the collection adds to our knowledge of the prehistory of Fraziers Bottom WV by associating the artifacts to particular cultural periods thus helping us to understand who lived here in the past.

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Native American Lithic Artifacts in Putnam County WV: The Gibson Collection

Native American Lithic Artifacts in Putnam County WV:

The Gibson Collection

The purpose of this project is to conduct an artifact analysis on a private collection of Native American lithic tools, and ceramic artifacts. The collection belongs to one of my family members, and all pieces were discovered within two fields in Fraziers Bottom WV over the last four decades. This project is essentially an archaeological mitigation, an attempt to record data from a collection which has the potential to be lost, or dispersed at some future time. My methodology consists of several steps including: Research of the background of the collection, including ownership, method and dates of collection, curation, etc.; geographical location with a description of the area including topography, rocks, soils, etc. with maps and aerial photos; an overview of the local prehistory with a synopsis of the various prehistoric periods and cultures known from the area; a collection summary with a general description of the collection including the number of artifacts, types of artifacts, and periods represented; a catalogue that includes photos of the individual artifacts, measurements, descriptions, and typology (including chronological affiliation); The conclusion explains how the collection adds to our knowledge of the prehistory of Fraziers Bottom WV by associating the artifacts to particular cultural periods thus helping us to understand who lived here in the past.