Clovis Points Were Likely Knives: An Evaluation of the Evidence
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The Clovis projectile point attached to the end of a spear or dart is an iconic symbol of North America’s late Pleistocene hunter, but the point’s use is more assumed than demonstrated. We find evidence for the "point-as-projectile" inference equivocal, because that same evidence also supports "point-as-knife". We present new experimental data that demonstrate that macro-flakes usually ascribed to projectile point impact fractures can be produced simply by dropping a replica Clovis point attached to a handle from waist-height. Additional evidence is reviewed that supports knife-use. Although no firm conclusions are drawn about Clovis point use, this review highlights the need for thoughtful experimental designs that include testing alternative hypotheses.
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Clovis Points Were Likely Knives: An Evaluation of the Evidence. David Thulman, Brendan Fenerty. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450346)
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Abstract Id(s): 25834