Seasonal occupation of sites and utilization of resources by aborigines is a subject of growing importance to prehistoric archeologists; however, relatively few satisfactory techniques are available for making the necessary determinations. Recent research in New Zealand has indicated the potential value of bivalve mollusks in subsistence-settlement pattern studies. A method for seasonal dating of prehistoric sites involving growth ring analysis of freshwater mussel shells and the potential application of this method in Ozark archeology are discussed.
Ray, Robert H.
"Freshwater Mussel Shells as Indicators of Seasonal Occupation of Archaeological Sites: Review of the Method,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 30
, Article 26.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol30/iss1/26