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Reply to Minor and Toepel: A View from Outside Lava Island Rockshelter


We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Minor and Toepel's remarks concerning our article describing the Pahoehoe biface cache from central Oregon (Scott et al. 1986). As we understand their criticisms, they can be broken down into four issues: (1) our estimated age for the Pahoehoe cache; (2) their estimated age for the "early" habitation of Lava Island Rockshelter, as evidenced by a small lanceolate biface cache; (3) the antiquity of lanceolate biface caches in this region; and (4) the function of the Pahoehoe and related caches. Each is addressed below.

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