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National Register Eligibility Criteria
The following criteria delineate the minimum requirements for National Register listing of Late Paleoindian sites: The site will be identified as Late Paleoindian by the presence of at least one morphologically diagnostic artifact; and there must be evidence that the site was utilized either for habitation or for "specialized" activity, including tool maintenance and production, kill and butchery of an animal, etc. Findspots of isolated tools are not eligible unless there is unequivocal evidence that the locality was more than the location of random discard or loss of a tool. The site need not display uneroded or undisturbed primary archaeological context. However, the site will lack contamination of the lithic assemblage by later habitation, or the materials of later habitation must be easily segregated on the basis of raw material, and/or vertical and/or horizontal separation. Any site with a Late Paleoindian component that is demonstrably able to make an extraordinary contribution to any of the Research Significance Themes presented above is significant.
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