Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis



First Advisor

Joanna Casey


Previous models predicting Early Archaic mobility and subsistence strategies in South Carolina have evaluated behavioral negotiations of specific resource distributions. A new model is presented using empirical datasets that quantify and evaluate the quality and geographic distributions of lithic raw materials and drainage systems in the state. By utilizing datasets from private collections and landscape elevation data, this model is generated using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software in order to produce a "Risk Landscape" from which predictions of site density, artifact density, lithic raw material diversity, and the condition of lithic toolkit assemblages can be generated based on landscape location. This model is tested using geographically extensive private collections from site specific locations and demonstrate variability in archaeological assemblages based on proximity to resources.


© 2017, Joseph E. Wilkinson