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Sometimes the smallest artifact recovered from a site can have a good potential for helping Archeologists understand the activities at the site. Take, for example, this small obsidian fragment, broken off of either a biface or an arrow point. The source for obsidian is not found locally in Stevens County, but most likely was traded in from a mountainous area that had seen volcano activity long ago (obsidian is volcanic glass). This small piece of obsidian has not yet been sent for xray-florescence (XRF) testing, a chemical and elemental analysis that determines where material came from originally. Archeologists are interested in what the artifacts, even the smallest of artifacts, can tell about how people used resources, moved across their landscapes and interacted with other groups.

Date: 1000 CE-1800

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Obsidian Flake from the Bozone Blowout #1 Site, 14SV403 - 1

Item Number: 315217
Call Number: 14SV403 2012.D.3
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 315217

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