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Nathaniel R. Kitchel, Ph.D.

Nathaniel R. Kitchel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Cultural & Historic Preservation

Dr. Kitchel is an anthropologically trained archaeologist specializing in the study of the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene populations of the Americas. His current research focuses on the New England region and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, exploring the manufacture and transport of stone tools to understand how humans came to settle previously uninhabited landscapes.
Dr. Kitchel also has a strong interest in Andean archaeology, and recently embarked on a collaborative project in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Peru, exploring social and technological change in high altitude environments through the Holocene.

Featured Fall 2023

Preliminary results on the applicability of neutron activation analysis (NAA) to identify cherts from the Munsungun Lake Formation, Maine, USA

Nathaniel R. Kitchel, Brandi L. MacDonald, Matthew T. Boulanger, Heather M. Rockwell

Abstract:   Red chert attributed to the Munsungun Lake Formation, Maine, USA is common in late Pleistocene fluted-point-period archaeological sites located throughout the New England states and Quebec, appearing more frequently than any other material type in the region. Despite the assumed association between red Munsungun chert and fluted-point-period sites, until recently, it was not possible to link red chert artifacts from these sites to a specific source area within the Munsungun Lake Formation because outcrops of this material associated with direct evidence of past use were not documented. Here, we report the first results of a neutron activation analysis (NAA) study of red Munsungun chert from two quarry areas within the Munsungun Lake Formation. These results suggest that NAA can distinguish between chert source areas within the Munsungun Lake Formation and lookalike materials from the wider region. Additional analyses are required to include more comparative samples and evaluate the efficacy of less destructive geochemical techniques in characterizing cherts from the region. Despite the need for additional research, these results suggest that NAA will be useful for re-evaluating past identifications of chert from the Munsungun Lake Formation, providing an important foundation for additional geochemical research in the region.

Geoarchaeology, 38(5), 2022.

Abstract Only:   
DOI 10.1002/gea.21969
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