SIX DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
TRIANGULAR ARROW POINTS
UNITED STATES, SAUDI ARABIA,
PERU, AFRICA & NORTHERN EUROPE
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JANUARY 31, 2012 PETER A. BOSTROM
These six points illustrate how
universal the triangular shape is. They were found on widely separated
locations around the world. Some of them are separated in time by
thousands of years.
The point on the left was found on a Mississippian site
in southern Illinois and dates to sometime between 850 and 1400.
It's made from light gray Burlington chert and measures 31/32 of an
inch (2.4 cm) long.
The second point from the left was found on a site in
Saudi Arabia by a geologist. It could date to sometime between 5,000
and 7,000 years ago. This point measures 15/16 of an inch (2.3 cm)
The third point from the left was found on
the Auvernier site in western Switzerland.
It could date to sometime between 4,000
and 6,000 years ago. It's
made from good quality yellow and gray chert and measures 1 1/16
inches (2.6 cm) long.
The fourth point from the left was collected on a site
on the west coast of Peru. It's made of semi-translucent brownish
The fifth point from the left was collected on a
Neolithic site in one of the countries in the Sub-Saharan desert
region of Africa, possibly Niger. It probably dates to
sometime between 5,000 and 7,000
years ago. It's made of a good quality gray and purple chert and
measures 1 3/16 inches (3 cm) long.
The point on the right was collected on a site in
northern Europe, possibly Denmark. It's a very thin and skillfully
flaked point. It's the nicest point in this group. It dates to
sometime during the late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age around 3,500
to 4,000 years ago. It's made of bluish gray Danish flint and
measures 1 1/8 inches (2.9 cm) long.