Hafted Dart Point Analysis: Specimen 4

Specimen 4 (96745-1) from Ceremonial Cave is a small dart with hardwood foreshaft and sinew wrapping holding a chipped stone point, the barbs of which have been broken off. The proximal end of the shaft (that opposite the point) has been "amputated" and blunted on end, perhaps for use as a knife. CT scan of the object shows the distal end of the slot in the foreshaft has been beveled to seat the wrapping and facilitate penetration of the animal. Type classification of this point has not been determined. Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Photo by Laura Nightengale.

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