Laurentian Tradition

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Late Archaic cultures representing various hunter‐gatherer communities living in the St Lawrence Valley of North America in the period c.3200–1400 bc and forming a subdivision of the Lake Forest Tradition. Characterized by distinctive broad‐bladed and side‐notched Otter Creek points, scraper types, slate points and knives, ground stone gouges, and stone fishing‐line weights. Polished stone atlatl weights, known as ‘bannerstones’, are also found. A number of phases or local variations have been recognized: Vergennes (3200–3000 bc), Brewerton, and Vosburg.

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