University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: John Witthoft

Flint Arrowpoints

From the Eskimo of Northwestern Alaska

By: John Witthoft

Introduction Knowledge of the Stone Age grows by slow steps. Tools and techniques of ancient men are unfamiliar to us, and we understand them with difficulty. Field work and laboratory studies supplement each other. The modern approach to the history of technology is multi-pronged. In the laboratory, it requires refined microscopy, elaborate preparation of specimens, and study of […]


The Wyoming Expedition of 1968

By: John Witthoft and Frances Eyman

The Shoshone, like many other nomadic peoples of the Plains and the Rockies, are scarcely known to archaeology. Their ways of life left scant traces on our landscape. When we do find their scattered archaeological record in many areas, it becomes apparent that they had been newcomers with little relationship to older complexes. The Ute […]


Metallurgy of the Tlingit, Dene, and Eskimo

By: Frances Eyman and John Witthoft

Tlingit ethnographic collections include large numbers of copper objects in many types, most of them made from the commercial copper of Europe. Early accounts from the trade in sea otter fur record that vast quantities of commercial metals were carried to the Tlingit by Russian and American ships. Indian tradition insists that copperworking was known […]