Prehistoric Distribution and Use of Metarhyolites in Eastern North America
Gregory Bondar
Department of Anthropology 
Penn State University 
 
Throughout much of prehistory, metarhyolite played an important economic role in eastern North America. Despite this archaeological significance and widespread distribution, very few quantitative sourcing studies of this lithic material have been performed. This paper will report the results of an extensive inter-regional research project studying metarhyolite sources and archaeological distribution from the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and New England. In particular, state site file data will be combined with geochemical sourcing by neutron activation analysis to examine the prehistoric transport of meta-rhyolite along the east coast.