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This nearly complete paleoindian point was found on the east side of the former Kaw Reservation in Morris County. The source for the obsidian is not found locally in Morris County, but most likely was traded in from a mountainous area that had seen volcano activity long ago (obsidian is volcanic glass). The point would have functioned as a spear tip. The tip and one ear are missing. The artifact is a good example of oblique parallel flaking. Paleoindian people traveled in small groups, hunting large game, including now extinct bison. Stone tools help reveal how these people lived, traveled, and differed from other groups.

Date: 11000 BCE-7000 BCE

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Item Number: 451015
Call Number: 14MO 1980.96.171 Shellenberger donation
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 451015

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