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Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) data and ages for selected Native American Sacred Ceremonial Stone Landscape features--Final Project Report Submitted to the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Trust

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Publication Date
Start Date
2018-06-19
End Date
2018-06-21

Citation

Mahan, S., 2020, Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) data and ages for selected Native American Sacred Ceremonial Stone Landscape features--Final Project Report Submitted to the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Trust: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P96V29EC.

Summary

Stone rows, enclosures, structures and chambers can be found in the landscapes of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Structures similar to those shown in the cover photo are documented elsewhere. The age, cultural affiliation, and purpose of these stone structures--which are found in a variety of forms, such as piles arranged in spatial configurations across landscapes, shapes suggesting animal effigies, platforms and chambers--have been the subject of much debate. Some have argued they are remnants of colonial agricultural and storage practices; others that they are prehistoric Native American ceremonial structures. Ascertaining the time periods of their creation had previously been impossible. We felt that optically stimulated luminescence [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Shannon A Mahan
Originator :
Shannon A Mahan
Metadata Contact :
Shannon A Mahan
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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Data Dictionary.csv
“Ceremonial Stone Structures Data Dictionary”
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Final OSL Ages for NE Stone Structures.csv
“Ceremonial Stone Structures Data”
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Purpose

Stone rows, enclosures, structures and chambers can be found in the landscapes of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Structures similar to those shown in the cover photo are documented elsewhere. The age, cultural affiliation, and purpose of these stone structures--which are found in a variety of forms, such as piles arranged in spatial configurations across landscapes, shapes suggesting animal effigies, platforms and chambers--have been the subject of much debate. Some have argued they are remnants of colonial agricultural and storage practices; others that they are prehistoric Native American ceremonial structures. Ascertaining the time periods of their creation had previously been impossible. We felt that optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) had the potential to provide meaningful insights into their origins.

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