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Wednesday, May  1, 2024, 7pm

The Analysis of Bone Tools Recovered from the Crab Orchard Site (44TZ0001), Tazewell County, Virginia:  A Late Woodland Village on the Frontier

Dr. Michael B. Barber, Longwood University Institute of Archaeology

The Crab Orchard bone tool assemblage is similar to other Late Woodland villages in southwestern Virginia. Dominated by bone awls, beamers, and antler tools, the assemblage mirrors the recovered tools from Trigg, Shannon, Hall, Graham-White, Sawyer, RAAP #2, and Stroubles Creek. The major anomaly is the barrel bead fashioned from deer metapodials which are common on Fort Ancient sites to the west. Holland (1970) described the cultures of southwestern Virginia as a crossroads of numerous regional influences. Within a holistic view of various elements of culture, the Crab Orchard site is evaluated as an indigenous site with many borrowed traits from Fort Ancient and east Tennessee producing a unique cultural amalgam on the Virginia frontier.

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