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Taming Time in the Great Basin


Following the pioneering work of Robert Heizer and Martin Baumhoff, C. William (Billy) Clewlow published a series of papers in 1967 and 1968 describing and chronologically ordering numerous morphological forms of Great Basin projectile points. His work was critical to establishing the temporal duration of each of these forms and creating what we call today temporal types. The projectile point chronology that Clewlow was instrumental in developing has been reaf rmed at countless archaeological sites throughout the Great Basin and has been pivotal in cross­dating otherwise undatable open sites.

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