Rare Earth Analysis of Cherts of the Tri-State Area (United States, Midwest)
Creators:Murphy, James L., 1941-
Contributors:Morton, John P.
Keywords:Chert Composition (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)
Plasma Emission Spectrometry
Bluebird Site (Marshall Co., West Virginia)
Saddle Site (Marshall Co., West Virginia)
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Publisher:International Symposium of Archaeometry
Citation:James L. Murphy and John P. Morton, "Rare Earth Analysis of Cherts of the Tri-State Area (United States, Midwest)," 32nd International Symposium Archaeometry (May 15-19, 2000 Mexico City, Mexico) Program Abstracts, p. 240.
Limited Plasma Emission Spectrometry of marine and fresh-water cherts from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia indicates the method can be used to identify and source some cherts utlized by prehistoric inhabitants of the region. Specifically, lithic material from the Late Woodland Saddle Site and Middle Woodland Bluebird Site, Marshall Co., West Virginia, formerly confused with the marine Brush Creek chert of the Burning Springs Anticline can now be identified with fresh-water chert from the Upper Washington (Dunkard) limestone, which outcrops much nearer the sites in question.