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NOTE: This file contains examples of bone (also ivory, antler, shell and wood/plant) points. There is as yet no specific cultural division of these artifacts in place. There are three specific sections as noted below.

1) BONE, IVORY, ANTLER & SHELL (Main section)
(584 images: 292 source images/292 thumbnails)


Technically, this database encompasses point technologies of North America: Canada, the United States of America and Mexico. Given that a) these are relatively recent political constructs that had nothing to do with Native Peoples and their distribution and b) that areas roughly contiguous to the focus area may be connected to developments within the focus area, the defined range of inclusion is flexible.

Thus, Greenland and Central/South American artifact examples will be found here.

(9 images: 9 source images)

Harpoon heads of various kinds predominate in this component. There is a simple overview of toggling and non-toggling harpoons following this first section. It discusses the origin and dissemination of the technologies concerned, at least in a context related to North America. Use your EDIT-SEARCH function in the top tool bar and type in “harpoon technology” to go directly to this component.

(78 images: 39 source images/39 thumbnails)

There is also a second related category: “Exotic Bone, Ivory, Antler & Shell” which presents a look at bone point technologies outside the main focus area of the database.

This far-flung survey was added for the simple reason that I was interested in how other early peoples (and some very recent or extant peoples) used these materials for their weapons/hunting systems. Are there similarities? Do technologies differ greatly or are there innovations explored in some areas – but not in others?

To locate this component, use your EDIT-SEARCH function in the top tool bar and type in “exotic” to go directly to the beginning of this modest but hopefully interesting section.

BONE, IVORY & ANTLER POINT THUMBNAIL GALLERY (584 images: 292 source images/292 thumbnails)

Bone 1 Bone 2 Bone 3 Bone 4
Bone 5 Bone 6 Bone 7 Bone 8
Bone 9 Bone 10 Bone 11 Bone 12
Bone 13 Bone 14 Bone 15 Bone 16
Bone 17 Bone 18 Bone 19 Bone 29
Bone 21 Bone 22 Bone 23 Bone 24
Bone 25 Bone 26 Bone 27 Bone 28
Bone 29 Bone 30 Bone 31 Bone 32
Bone 33 Bone 34 Bone 35 Bone 36
Bone 37 Bone 38 Bone 39 Bone 40
Bone 41 Bone 42 Bone 43 Bone 44
Bone 45 Bone 46 Bone 47 Bone 48
Bone 49 Bone 50 Bone 51 Bone 52
Bone 53 Bone 54 Bone 55 Bone 56
Bone 57 Bone 58 Bone 59 Bone 60

Work In Progress - To Be Continued

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