McKean Complex

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Middle Archaic communities living on the Great Plains of North America who manufactured and used a distinctive chipped stone point in the period c.2900–1000 bc known as the McKean point. Named after its type‐site in northeast Wyoming, the McKean Complex is not, however, universally recognized, as many specialists feel it subsumes a wide range of cultural groupings. The importance of the complex is that these communities developed a hunter‐gatherer adaptation that involved the careful scheduling of economic activities through the year to coincide with the seasonal abundance of plants and animals.

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