"ST. LOUIS STYLE"
HICKMAN CO., KENTUCKY
Paleo-Indian fluted point is one of the most spectacular examples I have
seen in all the years I have been handling stone artifacts. It only just
recently surfaced in a private collection.
fluted point, which is being called the "Robinson Clovis", is a
very large, symmetrical and unbroken example of a St. Louis Fluted point.
Very few of all the fluted points that have ever been found are preserved
in such a pristine state. This point was never resharpened and has
survived unbroken just as the Early Paleo craftsman made it approximately
12,000 years ago.
This fluted point was found by Frank Robinson sometime
around 1917 on the Robinson farm which has recently been subdivided for a
housing development. His farm was located in Hickman County, Kentucky just
north of Fulton.
This point is made of Dover chert and it measures 7
1/2 inches long. It most probably was meant to be used either as a knife
that would have been hafted in a short handle of wood, bone, antler or
ivory. Or it may have been intended to be used on the end of a
spear. Or it could have been used as both knife and spear if it was hafted
in a short handled fore shaft that could have attached to a spear shaft.
The St. Louis Fluted point, as a type, was named by
Greg Perino in 1985 to define the largest examples of fluted points that
are found east of the Rocky Mountains (Perino 1985: 334).
A ST. LOUIS FLUTED POINT
TRIPLE EXPOSURE OF
THREE EXAMPLES OF ST.
LOUIS FLUTED POINTS
The "Robinson Fluted" point is on the left. The two on the right
are casts. The one on the far right was found in Alabama and the center
one is from Kentucky.