Woodland Stage hunter‐gatherer communities flourishing in New York State and surrounding areas of the Atlantic seaboard of North America in the period c.700 bc to 300 bc. These groups seem to have had large semi‐permanent base camps around which plant food was cultivated to tide them over periods of poor hunting. Adena and Hopewellian exchange networks extended into Meadowood areas with resulting cultural influences. Burial grounds were set on low natural hills. Bodies were usually cremated and deposited in ochre‐covered shrouds. The grave pits themselves were lined with bark, and traded goods, luxury items and projectile points were deposited with the dead.