Category Archives: lithic analysis

Knife River Quarry to be Dedicated as NHL

Knife River Quarry is well known to those who study prehistoric lithics on the Plains of North America.  Owned and protected for many years by the Lynch family of North Dakota, the quarry was included as a National Historic Landmark … Continue reading

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From the log of the Starship Enterprise

In January of 1967, an episode of Star Trek entitled “The Galileo Seven” aired, and caught the attention of Dr. George Agogino, a past Director of the Paleo-Indian Institute at Eastern New Mexico University. In the episode, Spock and his … Continue reading

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Blade Cache

A little lithic eye-candy for tool-users out there.  These are some quick photos I shot while making an examination of some blades for the ongoing tool analysis here at Blackwater Locality 1 (LA3324).  Excuse the poor quality of the photos … Continue reading

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Artifact of the Week 2/6/2012

Gray chert Folsom point (catalog number 25285) recovered 15 August 1985.  Discovered on the east side surface of the South Bank.  The specimen appears in Boldurian’s (1990; pp 70-71, Figure 38A) Plains Anthropologist Memoir 24 on Lithic Technology at the … Continue reading

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13th Annual Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture

Every spring Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of Anthropology and Mu Alpha Nu (Anthropology Club) host a lecture series held in honor of Cynthia Irwin-Williams, a past professor of anthropology at ENMU. The event is free and open to the … Continue reading

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A Surprise Find

Sometimes in archaeology things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes the past hides gems under our noses (or boots). Last November, students working with ENMU faculty as a part of an NSF New Mexico EPSCoR grant gained experience in climate change … Continue reading

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Clovis Points

Clovis points from the Clovis site.  These likely all date to a few centuries around 11,000 RCYBP and most were found in association with Mammuthus columbi and a few with Bison antiquus.  The Clovis site contained at least 28 mammoths … Continue reading

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Artifact of the week 11/9/2011

Folsom ultrathin biface from the Clovis site North Bank. Ultrathin bifaces are a recently recognized element distinctive to the Folsom toolkit.  Ultrathin bifaces are found at many Folsom sites including those in North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week

An Agate Basin point made of Alibates Agate from north Texas found in situ below a bison mandible.  While the quality of these photos are not great, they show an amazing find that was not discovered until long after the … Continue reading

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Pre-Clovis site in Texas?

For decades archaeologists have been searching for sites that conclusively prove that a pre-Clovis culture existed in the Americas.  Several sites have been discovered and excavated within the Western Hemisphere that could potentially be pre-Clovis, but the data is equivocal … Continue reading

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Artifact of the Week 3/21/2011

Both of these unifacial knife fragments are made from Edwards Plateau Chert from central Texas.  Unifacial knives were an important, but often overlooked part of the Paleoindian toolkit.  Overall morphology of these knives is determined by the shape and size … Continue reading

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Artifact of the Week 2/28/2011

LA3324.32904: Unfluted Folsom projectile point fragment made of Alibates agate. This artifact was excavated from the Blackwater Draw North Bank in 1963 by J. Collins.  This fragment was found in the Folsom-age horizon just 36 cm (14 inches) below the … Continue reading

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