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The Influence of Lithic Raw Material Selection on Regional Morphological Variability of Clovis Fluted PointsAlan M. Slade 2020 © BAR Publishing
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Clovis was once considered to be the first universal lithic technology to evolve in North America, occurring between 11,050 to 10,800 radiocarbon years before present (14C yr BP). These early hunter-gatherers left behind a sparse material record of their occupation that consists primarily of stone tools and the manufacturing debris associated with their production. The trademark tool of this earliest lithic technology to evolve in North America is a fluted point named after its type site discovery in a quarry at Blackwater Draw Locality No. 1, near Clovis, a town in New Mexico. These artefacts were made by widely separated groups throughout North America. The fluted points from Nova Scotia are much the same as those from New Mexico, not identical, but the similarities outweigh the differences. Not only are the fluted points similar across North America, but other technological aspects of the Clovis culture, i.e. blades, unifacial tools, and osseous tools, appear to be equally similar and widespread. In this study, the author identifies a number of Clovis and Clovis variants from seven environmentally different regions across North America. This monograph analyses the variability of Clovis fluted points and the lithic raw materials that they were produced on from a continental perspective. Complementing the research is a digital photographic dataset of the Clovis fluted points discussed, available online.
- BAR 2020
- BAR International Series 2020
- 9781407353951 (paperback)
- 9781407356037 (ebook)
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- Catalogues / Collections / Indexes / Bibliographies
- Archaeobotany / Environment and Climate
- Hunter-Gatherers / Hunting
- Palaeolithic / Mesolithic
- Lithics / Stone Tools
- Museum Studies / Conservation / Heritage / Education
- Human Origins
- North America
- Archaeometry / Scientific Dating
- Excavation / Fieldwork / Survey
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