Projectile insets and backed pieces from the Upper Magdalenian of La Madeleine (Tursac, Dordogne, France), new data from lithic technology
Alexis Taylor, in Paleo, Revue d’Archeologie Prehistorique
From a reconstruction, Magdalenian bladelettes in antler spear point.
I never lost interest in the Upper Paleolithic of Europe despite the fact I ended up living half a world away. The Magdalenian is when things become especially interesting technologically (to me) in Europe. Have a look at this article (in English even) for some insight into tools from La Madeleine and even some interesting information for the modern knapper who wishes to replicate this ancestral toolkit. I think, in the rare cases where bone and antler preserve in the New World, we could benefit from looking at this technology as an analog for Clovis.
Stone tool fragments are not the end-all of Upper Paleolithic or Paleoindian technology but a small part of a much wider system for surviving in a complex world. It is worth looking beyond our constructed borders to learn as much as we can without wearing self-imposed blinders.
Have a look at the rest of this short, but interesting article HERE.
Here’s a closer look at a Clovis point that appears to have failed in production. It looks like it was carried around and used as a general cutting tool in it’s second life-cycle then dropped near a mammoth kill. Beautiful material and we aren’t quite sure of the source.
This one would have been on the large side for a spear point in our area. The long flute may hint at it’s demise.
Posted in Archaeology, Clovis
Tagged Artifact of the Week, Blackwater Draw, Clovis, clovis site, Flintknapping, lithic, Mammoth, New Mexico, paleoindian, Public Archaeology
It’s been seven years since this fell on Halloween and it was great to see people dress in costume to come out; especially the little kids.
Thanks to all who attended and supported the Mu Alpha Nu Atlatl Day again this year. The weather was absolutely perfect. A big thank you goes to Aaron, Lincoln, Trish, Laura, Becky, Mara, and the rest of the club whom I’m forgetting this morning, for picking up the slack and getting things together in a hurry. Corey, as usual, handled the office and business end of things during the competition. Overall, attendance was only slightly down due more to some specific conflicts of date rather than the late advertising. We missed the enormous group that often comes from NMMI and a couple of the groups from the central valley that have participated in the past. It is a very long drive.
There were 76 people at the pavilion area at the beginning of the contest and a mid-day car count was 46. We think (it’s hard to keep track) that we had about 150 total throughout the day. Aaron counted a total of 35 competitors signed in with a LOT more small children than we have ever had in the past. We may need to make a contingency course for them in future.
We owe a debt gratitude to Tommy Heflin again for providing some pretty exciting prizes in the form of signed replica Clovis points he made specifically for the event. He and his wife, Joletha, decided to go forward with the annual pig and turkey roast at their amazing house, again at their own expense. He is the only person who has attended every one of these since before they were even an official event back in the late 90s.
I sincerely hope that Mu Alpha Nu ATLATL DAY at BLACKWATER DRAW continues as a student led, club event. It was a lot to handle this year but everything, down to the weather came out perfectly. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this happen, against some mysterious and ridiculous resistance from unexpected quarters. I believe it was a great time for everyone who participated and we received many personal “thanks” from community members.
A bit more from the photography sessions.
Resharpened Clovis point made from Edward’s Plateau chert, ca. 4 cm long.
This little beauty was found associated with the main spring head at the Clovis site back in the 1960s. Like other lithic tools in that area, it exhibits a silky, slippery polish. People have thought it was plastic at first sight.
This is not the most beautiful Clovis point in the world but hey, it came from a mammoth kill site and is still in one piece.
Excuse the raw nature of this lab photo.
Just because it’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
For students of anatomy, here is an interesting Typogram to help in learning the names of bones on a human skeleton.
He has some other interesting art as well including a Typogram of human musculature:
Enjoy, and maybe throw a little business his way in appreciation.
Here are a few wildlife photos from around the Landmark. Being surrounded on three sides by industrial agriculture has created an island refuge on the property. Having the most topography in the county creates some micro-climates and environments not found elsewhere. In the past weeks we have spotted coyote, gray fox, eastern and western bluejays, barn owls, a slew of various hawks, kangaroo rats, mice, deer, rattle snakes, gopher snakes, coachwhip snakes, roadrunners, and probably a dozen other things I am forgetting. Enjoy.
Another gopher snake. Some of these get remarkably large on a diet of wood rat, mice, and other rodents.
Coachwhip in the garden.
Roadrunner hatchling. I snatched this photo while the parents were away scooping up horned lizards to feed the little ones.
The ubiquitous gopher snake. It’s a miracle that more of them don’t get run over as they haunt the parking lots throughout the day.
And finally, one of the many mantises that arrive every fall to clean up the small insect population.
Unfortunately, I don’t generally carry a camera so it’s just a lucky day when I have one handy.