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I am very interested in the European Upper Paleolithic.  There are many amazing artifacts of antler and bone known from good archaeological contexts.  Having lugged a load of antler and bones around over the last several years, it seemed to be time to make some new goodies.  I went through a phase 15-20 years ago cutting and shaping using only purely traditional means, so I know it can be a long, slow process.  For these tools I used steel saws, files, and sandpaper to speed up the process but even with these conveniences there are many hours in these points.

I’ve always liked the look of these points and it seems clear to me why these were effective weapons used from 25,000-30,000 years ago across Eurasia to almost present day in parts of the Arctic.  However, until I made a few, I didn’t really appreciate how deadly and functional these…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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  1. Bill says:

    View from the peanut gallery : The curious absence of flint points in the US record (although stone was being used in carcass processing) long before Clovis and ancestral developments (Chesapeake bay &c.) together with evidence that bone points were in use then (mammoth bone with embedded bone point remnant). Similarly, here, many Early Archaic “points” are rare with impact fractures (when they exist at all), indicating (along with no-brainers like beveling & serration) knife function. Post-fluted point era flint points seem to be continuations of one Paleo tradition (Plainview, Agate Basin, etc. etc.) while the rest went back to bone/antler points.

    Not dissimilarly in Europe. Outside of Solutrian, how many pointy flints could plausibly have been used as projectile points (with their big, bulbous, wrong-angled bulbs) ?

    So it would seem that antler/bone keys the “Neolithic” auto-ID, it was really more the rule than the exception, the Neo’s innovation being inset bladelets.

    An idle thought from an idle spectator.

    PS: THANK YOU for the great site & information sharing !!!!!

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