An Analysis of Debitage at Kosapsom Park Site (DCRU 4)

  • David Fargo


In this paper, lithic debitage from the Kosapsom Park site (DcRu-4) in Victoria, British Columbia is analyzed in order to investigate the use of local raw materials and stone tool manufacturing methods over the past 3000 years in the area around the Gorge waterway. An analysis of broken flakes and shatter produced strong evidence for late stages of tool manufacture and retouch. An analysis of cortex cover and dorsal flake scars revealed the presence of early, middle, and late stages of lithic reduction. Therefore, the debitage from Kosapsom reveals an entire sequence of tool manufacture, from core reduction to eventual retouch.

Author Biography

David Fargo
David Fargo is a Masters of Arts student in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. While his Master’s research focuses on patterns of animal domestication and animal husbandry in northern China during the Early Bronze age, his research interests also include Northwest Coast archaeology. His specific interest in lithic material stems from a number of courses relating to archaeology within British Columbia that he took during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Victoria.
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