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The Maryland Fluted Point Survey: New Insights on the Paleoindian Occupation of Maryland (13,000 to 10,000 ybp)

  • 23 Jun 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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Meeting of the NHSM Archaeology Club – Open to all.

The Maryland Fluted Point Survey (MDFPS), which was first formalized in the late 1960s by Tyler Bastian, Maryland’s first State Archaeologist was relaunched in 2020 to compile data on the distinctive projectile points created by the early Native Americans known to archaeologists as Paleoindians. This data will be synthesized to study the lifeways of the Paleoindians who lived in Maryland during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene between 13,000 and 10,000 years ago.

This presentation provides an overview of the Paleoindian Period in Maryland based on data from the statewide Maryland Fluted Point Survey. Trends in the Paleoindian occupation of Maryland will be considered based on the analysis of fluted point morphology, toolkit composition, raw material exploitation, and site locations.

Author biography
Zachary Singer received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2017. Zac is the Research Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. His research interests include eastern North American archaeology, Paleoindian lithic technology, three-dimensional digital modeling of artifacts, and geophysical remote sensing.

* Natural History Society of Maryland’s Archaeology Club promotes the value of archaeology in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and surrounding areas. The goal of the Archaeology Club is to educate citizenry in the ethics, methods, and artifact preservation methods of archaeology and how archaeology can be used to document, discover, and promote local history. The Archaeology Club is inclusive to all persons who have an interest in archaeology.
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