The Limington Rips site is a second Middle Archaic period quarry. Instead of locally available low-grade metamorphic rocks, it contains quartz. In both quarry sites, lithic extraction was largely for the production of non-bifacial implements. It is plausible that Middle Archaic period people selected the Limington Rips site location due to the presence of quartz in the local bedrock. The archaeological materials recovered from Stratum IV-Bw seem to fit with the concept of the Gulf of Maine Archaic tradition so long as that tradition is narrowly defined in terms of its technological characteristics.
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