People of the Waters - Paleoindian
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Projectile Point
Gainey Point/Clovis point; flute length suggest Gainey, outline suggests Clovis; step fracture/hangnail just barely hanging on, flute was probably intended to be much longer; haft edge is well ground; Hixton Silicified Sandstone.

The massive, hairy mastodon stood like a living wall in front of the group of Early Paleoindian hunters as it fed on tundra browse. When the hunters were ready, they threw and stabbed their spears into the animal's chest, the razor-edged points penetrating deeply as they cut veins and arteries. These distinctive points are called "Clovis" and have a groove running upward from the base of the point towards the tip would have facilitated hafting to a wooden spear or a wooden, bone or antler knife handle. Clovis style are the earliest known stone points found throughout most of the country, indicating that Early Paleoindians traveled through the United States in a relatively short time span at the end of the Ice Age. The one shown here was found by Charles Koehn near Lake Butte des Morts in 1920.
Winnebago County, WI/Butte des Morts, WI/Lake Butte des Morts, WI
Koehn, Charles
Paleoindian, Early
W-2.8 L-9.8 D-0.9 cm
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