People of the Waters - Archaic
OPM #:
M96
Object Name:
Projectile Point
Description:
Wittry Type I-F; copper point. Typical; bifacial median ridge, serrated base; used as a knife.
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.
Found:
Door County, WI
Collector:
Mueller, Frank
Material:
Metal
Culture/Period:
Archaic, Middle
Old Copper Complex
Dimensions:
W-3.1 L-13.6 D-0.6 cm
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