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Lateral Displacement of Artifacts Due to Plowing

  • Donna C. Roper


Excavations at the Airport site, Springfield, Illinois, recently provided a rare opportunity to examine lateral displacement that has occurred due to plowing. Measurements of relative displacement of sections of reconstructed bifaces are given. These measurements suggest that plow drag may not be as great as is sometimes supposed.



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Lateral Displacement of Artifacts Due to Plowing

  • Donna C. Roper


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