University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:13180
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Late Paleolithic (uncertain)
Jomon (uncertain)
Yayoi (uncertain)
Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Period: Late Paleolithic (uncertain)
Jomon (uncertain)
Yayoi (uncertain)
Date Made: Late Paleolithic, Japan - Yayoi
Early Date: -30000
Late Date: 250
Section:Asian
Materials:Obsidian
Technique:Flaked
Chipped
Length: 3.5 cm
Width: 1.6 cm
Credit Line:Exchange with the Japanese Commissioner, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
Other Number:18? or 81? - Other Number

Description

Point or arrowhead (石鏃). Triangular point. Convex base. Stem may be missing. Thin. Bifacially retouched. Black streaked semi-translucent obsidian. This is an example of the flat narrow leaf-shaped bifacially retouched points. This type of arrowhead has been found in excavated sites from the end of the Late Paleolithic up to the Yayoi periods and are found throughout Japan. For example, leaf-shaped points have been uncovered at Etchuyama, Yamagata Prefecture, Northern Honshu. This site is one of the earliest with this type of point and has been dated to c. 14,000 B.P. These arrowheads are part of a long-lasting and far-reaching technology in arrowhead production which began in the Late Paleolithic Period.


Bibliography:

[Book] Higuchi, Takayasu, and Aikens, C. Melvin. 1982. Prehistory of Japan.. San Diego. Academic Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 53-63View Objects related to this Type Citation

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