Lithic Production Trajectories and Precolumbian Settlement Patterns in the Northwest Florida Interior

Sarah Elizabeth White

          The spatial patterning of precolumbian sites and site types in the interior panhandle of Florida were analyzed using a combination of statistical and digital methods. A total of 247 cultural occurrences were included in the analysis. The spatial patterning was analyzed using a Geographic Information System. Site types were inferred using lithic tool production trajectory analysis, and the correlations were tested with the chi-square statistic. The results of the analysis show that precolumbian people were utilizing the interior for a wide range of activities, and that there are definitive temporal and spatial patterns in the data set.