JERSEY BLUFF SPUD
This is an excellent example of a Jersey Bluff type
spud. It was found sometime in the 1920's in Fayette
County, Illinois. These types of spuds are reported to
have been found on Jersey Bluff sites and are believed
to represent some of the oldest examples of spuds.
This spud probably dates to the Late Woodland period.
These types of spuds were made from hard stone, such
as granite. This spud was made in the same way axes
were made, by pecking the surface with a hammer
surface until it was smooth. The area where the handle
was attached, in the center, was left rough to help grip
the handle better. The blade and the end of the pole was
polished smooth. This spud is made of granite and it
measures 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm) long.