From 11,500-year-old Clovis points
discovered in an East Wenatchee orchard to household articles used in Wenatchee homes around 1900, the past comes alive at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
Her investigations demonstrate that the Clovis people used a variety of raw materials for tool making, and that the homogeneity of Clovis points
, the sharing of artifacts between groups, and the sharing of raw materials suggests that Clovis groups maintained strong ties with extended populations at a regional level.
The researchers found that three sites lack absolute age control: at Chobot, Alberta, the three Clovis points
found lack stratigraphic context, and the majority of other diagnostic artifacts are younger than Clovis by thousands of years; at Morley, Alberta, ridges are assumed without evidence to be chronologically correlated with Ice Age hills 2,600 kilometers away; and at Paw Paw Cove, Maryland, horizontal integrity of the Clovis artifacts found is compromised, according to that site's principal archaeologist.
In support of that scenario, a Wyoming site previously yielded Clovis points
in deposits below Western Stemmed points.
(They were also made a bit differently than Clovis points
.) Furthermore, there are six sites in South America that do not contain Clovis technology, although they did exist during the same time period.
The points are markedly different from Clovis points
, which are marked by a characteristic flute, or depression, at the base where they would be attached to a wood shaft.
Jack Hitt ["Mighty White of You," July] misleadingly suggests that George McJunkin discovered the original Clovis points
site in 1908.
The previous theory, known as the Clovis First Model, comes from Clovis Points
, huge weapons used to hunt mammoths and mastodons whichwere found all over the American continent.
As a result, the bulk of the state's Clovis points
are found at mammoth kill-sites near Naco and Sierra Vista.
Moreover, now that the Iron Curtain has fallen, archaeologists have been able to do more digging in Siberia, where they expected to find Clovis points
or something like them.
He calls the points "logical precursors" of Clovis points
Among the more than 30 artifacts unearthed so far are 12 Clovis points
, distinctively shaped stone spear points named for the New Mexico town where they were first discovered in the 1920s.