People of the Waters - Archaic
OPM #:
6377
Object Name:
Projectile Point
Description:
Wittry 1-A; copper socketed point, 9000-10,000 YBP; most stereotypical of all copper artifacts; first medium specific in Old Copper taxonomy; widest distribution of any Old Copper artifact.
Comments:
Why would a hunter use a copper point? Was it any better than stone?

When a stone-tipped spear was thrown, the chances were high that the stone head would break if it hit the ground or a tree. But a copper point did not break. It might bend or dull, but it would not break. A hunter could straighten a bent point and sharpen it by grinding the edge on a stone. Copper points might also have been a sign of prominent status.

Was a copper blade more effective at killing game than stone? That question has not been answered.
Material:
Metal
Culture/Period:
Archaic, Middle
Old Copper Complex
Dimensions:
H-1.13 W-2.6 L-14.09 cm
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