Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Anthropology

Content Description

1 online resource (iv, 135 pages) : color illustrations, color maps.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Sean Rafferty

Committee Members

Sean Rafferty, Christina Rieth


Excavations (Archaeology), Stone implements, Paleo-Indians

Subject Categories

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


The Becker Site was originally interpreted as a River Phase, Late Archaic central base camp. While excavations at the site yielded numerous Normanskill projectile points, the diagnostic artifact for this phase, several rounds of radiocarbon testing yielded dates firmly in the Woodland Period. A literature review of the history of the use of the culture historic approach in New York State Archaeology, as well as several modern critiques on the same subject was undertaken with the goal of interpreting the site free of its constraints. A lithic analysis of both the formal tools and lithic debitage was undertaken in order to interpret the Becker Site outside of the culture historic approach.