ICE AGE BONE SPEAR POINTS
The majority of all Paleo-Indian bone and ivory spear points found in the
United States have been found in the east. Almost all of these are made of
ivory and were found in the rivers of Florida
where preservation has been very good. But examples have also been
recovered from a few sites in the west. The similarities of the bone and
ivory artifacts and the fact that they are separated by thousands of miles
help archaeologist understand the movements of these early nomadic people.
Two rare bone spear points were found
during the excavation of Sheriden Cave. This one was
discovered during a paleontological excavation in the summer of 1995 by
Kenneth Ford. He found it while excavating a skeleton of a flat-faced
peccary. The tip of the point has some very slight damage which is believed to
have happened when it pierced the scapula of a peccary lying near by.
Another similar bone point was found during a second archaeological
project in 2000.