CAST #P-26

1990.15
BI-BEVELED BONE ROD
EAST WENATCHEE CLOVIS SITE
EAST WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON

Bi-Beveled Bone Rod from the East Wenatchee Clovis site.
CAST #P-26
BI-BEVELED BONE ROD
EAST WENATCHEE CLOVIS SITE
EAST WENATCHEE WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM COLLECTION

by Richard Michael Gramly, Ph.D.

   This bi-beveled bone rod is the only engraved bone object that was found on the East Wenatchee Clovis site. Thirteen other similar bone artifacts were also found on this site where they all lay within a shallow pit. This bone tool has been expertly fashioned from a section of probosidean limb bone perhaps a tibia or femur. The fine incising on both bevels suggests that this rod was fastened to other rods and that together they formed an apparatus of unknown function.
   Note that the bevels differ in their angle to the horizontal and also that their extreme ends define a plane, which is nearly parallel to both long faces.


BI-BEVELED BONE RODS
EAST WENATCHEE CLOVIS SITE
EAST WENATCHEE WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM COLLECTION
PICTURE CREDIT MIKE GRAMLY

by Pete Bostrom

   Bone preservation was very good on the East Wenatchee Clovis site. Clovis artifacts made of bone, antler or Ivory are rare from this early  time period. This site has produced more bone rods with tapered ends than any other Clovis site. The River sites in Florida have produced the majority of all Clovis bone and ivory artifact finds in the United States.
   The most unique find at Wenatchee was the cache of thirteen bone rods made from proboscidean (mammoth) limb bones. Although their purpose has yet to be proven, several theories have been suggested. Everything from sled runners, foreshafts and flintknapping tools have been discussed as possible uses. There was only one engraved bone rod in this cache. It has engraving similar to a Clovis bone spear point found in Sheridan Cave in Ohio (a cast of this point is also available). This bone rod from the East Wenatchee Clovis site measures slightly over 10 1/4 inches.

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