Date of Award

Winter 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA) in Critical GIS and Public Anthropology


Anthropology and Geography


A formerly private collection of projectile points belonging to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Cultural Resources Program provides stylistic, temporal, and geographic information for sites in the Albeni Falls Reservoir, Idaho. Specifically, there are 462 artifacts from 24 sites based on information derived from the collector’s and tribal archaeologist’s notes. Depositional information is unknown and artifacts are as surface finds. Analyses performed in this study include the morphological and technological dimensions of style, geographic and temporal distribution of artifacts by site, comparative results of obsidian x-ray fluorescence, and high-resolution photography. The results demonstrate the collection as a pragmatic dataset yielding a wide range of information useful in fostering further archaeological research.