late Archaic

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General term referring to the most recent phase of the Archaic Stage as defined in North American archaeology. The late Archaic embraces a wide range of traditions and cultures and begins and ends at different times in different areas: in the eastern woodlands of North America it spans the period 5000–700 bc, whereas in the Plains and Great Basin it relates to the period from about 1000 bc down to ad 200.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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