CAST #P-40

CLOVIS POINT
KIMMSWICK SITE
A PALEO-INDIAN MASTODON KILL SITE
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI

EST. 11,500 years ago
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COLLECTIONS
COPYRIGHT AUGUST 31, 2003 PETER A. BOSTROM
Clovis point from Kimmswick Mastodon kill site.
CAST #P-40
CLOVIS POINT (ORIGINAL)
KIMMSWICK MASTODON KILL SITE
MASTODON STATE PARK
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COLLECTIONS

     This extensively resharpened Clovis projectile point was found in the upper Clovis horizon at Kimmswick. There are currently no absolute dates but 10,500 to 11,500 would be the most likely time frame. This Clovis point was found less than one meter from another larger Clovis point (#K-L22-32) and in close association with mastodon (Mammut americanum) by an excavating team from the Illinois State Museum. This point is made of a green chert that may be similar to Fern Glen chert. It measures 1 1/4 inches (3.1 cm) long.

Excavation on the Kimmwick mastodon Clovis kill site.
KIMMSWICK MASTODON KILL SITE
EXCAVATION IN PROGRESS

MASTODON STATE PARK
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI
photo credit----Denver Museum of Natural History, Dr. Russ Graham

     This Clovis site, once referred to as just "Kimmswick", has had a long history of excavation. Beginning in 1839 Dr. Albert Koch unearthed skeletal remains which were later identified as Mammut americanum and later sold to the British Museum of Natural History in 1844 where they are still on display. In 1897 C.W. Beehler rediscovered the site with new excavations and later built a small on site museum in 1900, which housed hundreds of bones. Several excavations followed Beehler but the most extensive were those of Robert McCormick Adams in the 1940ís who left the most complete record of the site.

"REFERENCES"

Personal communications with Russ Graham.

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