Overview of the St. Lawrence Archaic Through Woodland

Claude Chapdelaine

in The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195380118
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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Overview of the St. Lawrence Archaic Through Woodland

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The cultural sequence of the St. Lawrence Lowlands was first elaborated for New York state. This was then followed by Ontario, and later Quebec and the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Each region has since developed a more detailed regional sequence, giving a local flavor to archaeological systematics, but it remains possible to construct a general framework for the entire St. Lawrence and adjacent regions, probably because this major artery exercised a strong homogenizing factor, facilitating exchanges between distant groups. This article aims to present the major cultural achievements that took place along the St. Lawrence Valley, corresponding geographically to the Laurentian Lowlands, extending west to east from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The order of presentation is chronological.

Keywords: St. Lawrence Lowlands; regional sequence; archaeological systematic; Lake Ontario; North American archaeology

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Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America

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