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National Register Eligibility Criteria
For a Maine site to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places because of one (or more) Ceramic Period component(s), that (those) component(s) must: (a) be clearly separable from other components on the basis of horizontal distribution or vertical stratigraphy, or some combination of the above and typological or raw material analysis; and (b) contain ceramics, lithic and/or bone tools which are diagnostic and can be assigned to some subdivision of the Ceramic Period, either one or several of CP1-7 (of Petersen and Sanger 1989) or an Early/Middle/Late division of the Ceramic Period as commonly understood; and (c) at least in part remain in intact context or site matrix, mostly undisturbed by manmade or natural forces such that there is a close association between diagnostic elements of material culture and one of the following: one or more features such as a fire hearth, a living floor or major portion thereof, a fossil soil surface, and/or a refuse deposit. The feature, living floor, soil surface or refuse deposit must contain one or more of the following in addition to stone tools: charcoal suitable for radiocarbon dating the occupation, charred plant food remains, faunal remains, human remains, and/or mortuary goods or personal adornment. Moreover, any site with a Ceramic Period component that can make an extraordinary contribution to any of the Research Significance Themes is significant.
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