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Evidence for environmental conditions in the Saint Lawrence Valley between 8,000 and 3,000 B.P. comes from three sources: (1) pollen stratigraphy, (2) macro and microfossils found at archaeological sites, and (3) association of the latter with geological features that can be used to reconstruct conditions of occupation.

The Archaic Period is included in the Hypsithermal interval when assumed mean annual temperatures exceeded those of the present. Evidence available from pollen data suggests that the early inhabitants of the Saint Lawrence Valley were not influenced by this phenomenon as there is no agricultural activity before 3,000 B.P. Some changes in the...

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