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Clovis Projectile Point [Object of the Day #54]

By: Alyssa Kaminski

Clovis Projectile Point
Clovis Projectile Point

Above, is an image of a Clovis Projectile Point, a type of arrowhead found commonly in the United States Southwest. The name Clovis comes from Clovis, New Mexico, where these projectile points were first discovered buried amid extinct bison bones. The Clovis Projectile Point is characterized by it’s chipping. The maker would overlap flaking by creating a long, single, vertical chip on one face and flaking off two smaller, horizontal chips on the opposite face. The result was a tool that was significantly narrow in relation to it’s length.

To learn more about the excavation of these Clovis Projectile Points read Expedition magazine Article The Debert Site by Robert Stuckenrath Jr.

Penn Museum Object #39-19-3

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