Photo of the Week 10/7/2011

A selection of fluted and unfluted projectile points collected by Ridgley Whiteman from the Blackwater Draw site.   Ridgley Whiteman is credited for bringing his observations of “warheads” and “extinct elephant bones” to the attention of the Smithsonian Institute in 1929.  When E. B. Howard visited the Clovis area in 1933 to secure excavation of the “gravel pit”, the two were introduced, discussed Whiteman’s observations, and Howard had his first glimpse of the Whiteman artifact collection. The points in this photograph were discovered by Whiteman prior to 1932 (Boldurian 1999).

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