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A point survey is an excellent example of archaeology without artifacts in that archaeology is a science for the accumulation of data and producing knowledge, not a science for the accumulation of artifacts. Naturally, artifacts and all their masses are part of archaeology – the evidences of the past, but their purpose is to produce a history about the antiquity of humans and their lifeways. Artifacts are historical entities and are physical forms of human-driven events of ancestral cultures. A fluted point survey simply records data from a specialized resource from prehistory. These data are then translated, reconfigured, compiled, etc. into chronological sequences of human events. Artifacts loan their physical presence to the survey for recordation, then go home to whomever owns them. A survey is then not a short-term curation process for these specimens; it is a long-term curation for the data that these artifacts contain. A survey contributes to the philosophy for knowledge in the study of antiquities.
This publication provides an overview of how to set up a fluted point survey. It provides all processes, procedures, and practices for a survey which are based on the McCary Fluted Point Survey® of Virginia. Additionally, it provides an overview of using survey data for archaeological modeling and simulations. Survey data validity, validation, and storage/organization methods are also discussed. Basic recording concepts and ethics are presented throughout the publication.
Book: 8 1/2 x 11 in, B&W, 136 pages, references.
Model for a Paleoindian Fluted Point Survey
Wm Jack Hranicky RPA