An investigation of interassemblage variability within the Gulf of Georgia phase




Thom, Brian

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Canadian Journal of Archaeology


This paper is an examination of diversity in archaeological assemblages within a culture type. The Gulf of Georgia Phase of the Northwest Coast provides an interesting, previously uninvestigated area to examine such diversity. It is propo here that such diversity is limited by the environment that the assemblage occurs in. The artifact assemblages from 18 Gulf of Georgia components are summarized in a common typology and then put through a clustering routine in an attempt to clearly show the relationship between culture and environment.


I would like to thank Dr. R. G. Matson of the University of British Columbia for giving me guidance in running the statistical software used for the analysis presented in this paper. I would also like to acknowledge ARCAS consulting Archaeologists Ltd, in particular A. Stryd for providing me with unpublished data from the Tsawwassen site. Dr. D. Mitchell of the University of Victoria provided valuable comments, suggestions and additional information in editing the paper. Finally, I would like to thank the Canadian Archaeological Association for awarding this paper first place in the 1991 Weetaluktuk student paper competition.



Thom, B. (1992). An investigation of interassemblage variability within the Gulf of Georgia phase. Canadian Journal of Archaeology, 16, 24-31.