This projectile point was
discovered sometime during the 1977-78, 1980, 1983 & 1984 excavations of the
Horner II site by the University of Wyoming. Earlier excavations of the
Horner site (Horner I) was carried out by Princeton University in 1949 &
1950 and by the Smithsonian Institution in 1952. This point is described as
falling typologically and technologically between the Alberta and
Scottsbluff / Eden points but is considered to be a Scottsbluff style. It
represents one of 21 projectile points found during the University of
Wyoming excavations and only one of five complete un-reworked points. This
point is made of dark red Porcellanite and measures slightly over 2 7/8
inches (7.4 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.
The Horner site was discovered by Jimmy Allen on July 2, 1939 while he “walked down the (Shoshone) River to Sage Creek, hunting arrowheads.” The site was later recognized as the representative type site of the Cody Cultural Complex. The site was named after Pear Horner, the owner of the land. The Horner site is located in northwestern Wyoming in Park County 4 miles northeast of the town of Cody. The site is also situated on a 150 foot terrace near the confluence of Sage Creek and the Shoshone River.