Exploring Social Interaction Among Prehistoric Hunter-gatherers by Analyzing Stone Spear Points

We’re excited to share with you that one of our amazing guests, Dr. Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, will be presenting her doctoral work at the Monocacy Archeological Society on Wednesday June 14th at 7 pm.  The lecture will take place at the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland.

Dr. Fogle-Hatch is an archaeologist interested in the social and economic strategies that hunter-gatherers used to procure resources from their physical environments. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of New Mexico was a study of variation among stone projectile points (spear tips) that were made and used by Paleoindians who inhabited the North American Great Plains and adjacent Rocky Mountains approximately 10,000 years ago. Paleoindian bands are assumed to comprise 25-30 related individuals; however, historic accounts of Native American tribes on the American Great Plains indicated that several bands may have cooperated in communal bison hunts during the fall and early winter. Finding similarly shaped projectile points at bison kills across a large geographic area is evidence for social interaction among Paleoindian bands. She will be starting a new research project on projectile points found in Maryland and surrounding states as a comparison of social interactions among prehistoric hunter-gatherers who inhabited the Middle Atlantic and the American Great Plains.

To learn more about Dr. Fogle-Hatch, visit cherylfogle.academia.edu

To learn about the Monocacy Archeological Society, MAS, Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland, visit digfrederick.com

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