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National Register Eligibility Criteria
The following criteria are necessary for a site with a Paleoindian component to be eligible for the National Register in Maine. The site will be firmly identified as Paleoindian by the presence of at least one morphologically diagnostic artifact, or aby a suite of high quality lithic materials that were not utilized by later inhabitants of Maine. There must be evidence that the site was utilized either for habitation or for specialized activity. Findspots of isolated tools are not eligible unless there is unequivocal evidence that the locality was more than the site of random discard or loss of a tool. The site will display integrity of the Paleoindian assemblage. 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 vertical or horizontal separation of components, or at the least, by raw material.
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