This spectacular artifact from the log tomb at Davis is almost certainly a prized symbol of authority and rank-a sword, really. It is almost 19" (480 mm) long, yet just over a half-inch thick (15 mm) at its thickest point, making it so delicate that it was broken by the weight of the soil when the tomb roof collapsed. It is made of an almost white exotic chert (flint) possibly obtained in the Midwest from the Mill Creek area of southern Illinois. TARL archives.
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