MADE ON BLADES & FLAKES
AFRICA, BELIZE, FRANCE,
NORTHERN EUROPE, PANAMA, UNITED STATES
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JUNE 30, 2011 PETER A. BOSTROM
This picture shows twelve examples of projectile points that were
made on blades and flakes. At least eight of them are made on
lamellar blades. They represent the simplest forms of finished
points. None of them are bifacially flaked. They all have at least
one intact flake removal scar on one side. Most of them were
edge trimmed into shape and both sides still retain their original
flake surfaces. The following is an inventory list of each point.
1. This edge trimmed projectile point
is from Panama. This point measures 3 3/16 inches (8.1 cm) long.
2. This is a transverse arrow point from northern Europe. These were
made from short segments of core blades. This point measures 1 7/16
inches (3.6 cm) long.
3. This edge trimmed stemmed arrow point was found on a site in
Denmark. It was made from a blade and measures 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)
4. This Solutrean shouldered point was found in the Garrone River
Valley in southwestern France. It's a unifacially flaked point that
was made from a blade. Previous core blade removal scars are still
evident on one side. This very early projectile point dates to
sometime between 22,000 and 18,000 years ago. It
measures 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm) long.
5. This Mayan projectile point was found on a site in Belize. It's made of Colha chert and most of the
edges still remain sharp from the original flake. This point
measures 3 11/16 inches ( 9.3 cm) long.
6. This Obsidian side-notched projectile point was probably once
attached to a dart or spear. It was collected on a site in either
Mexico or Belize. It was made from a large blade. This point
measures 4 3/8 inches (11.1 cm) long.
7. This three sided blade
point was found on a site in northern Europe on the Island of Lolland
in Denmark. It dates to the Neolithic period sometime before 2200
B.C. It was made from a long narrow blade that was struck off a
prepared core. Two sides and more than half of the third side was
skillfully pressure flaked into a three sided point.
8. This projectile point dates to the Neolithic period and it was
collected on a site in Denmark. It was made on a slightly curved
blade that was edged trimmed with large notches and a stem for
hafting. It measures 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) long
9. This "shouldered" arrow point is believed to have been found on a
site in northern Europe. It was made on a blade that was edge
trimmed into shape. It measures 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) long.
10 & 11. Both of these points were collected on sites somewhere in
one of the countries in
region of Africa. They were both expertly made from flakes that were
struck from cores. The cores were pre-shaped so a pointed triangular
flake could be removed that did not require any further edge
modification. The larger example measures 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm)
12. This side-notched Klunk point was found on a site in southern
Illinois. It was made on a flake that was struck from a prepared
core. klunk points are the oldest dated arrow points from this area.