GAR SCALE

ARROW POINTS
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI
PRIVATE COLLECTION
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   The gar scales pictured here were found in 1929

by Chuck Adams near St. Louis, Missouri on a bank

of the Meramec River. All thirteen gar scales were

found together in a cache and in association with

a burial. There's no way of proving that these

particular scales were once hafted onto arrow shafts.

But since they were found in association with a burial

they must have had a some type of useful purpose

to that individual. In fact one of the scales does seem

to have been altered slightly by grinding two edges
to a sharp point. The longest scale in this cache

measures 1 1/8 inches (2.8 cm) long.

A cache of 13 gar scale arrow points.

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