Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A few Palaeoeskimo and Maritime Archaic reproductions in progress

Dorset Palaeoeskimo artifact
reproductions in progress 
 I'm still working on a selection of Dorset Palaeoeskimo (left) and Maritime Archaic Indian artifact reproductions for a university teaching collection.  The Dorset pieces are primarily based on artifacts from Newfoundland and Labrador, although the self-bladed harpoon head is a Tyara sliced form that is an earlier style that would be a little more at home in Early Dorset collections from farther north in Nunavut.  Chronologically, the Tyara sliced harpoon heads overlap with the Groswater time period in Newfoundland and Labrador, before the Dorset moved down to these parts.

The assembled endblade, harpoon head and foreshaft will be hafted onto a complete harpoon, while the other endblade, side-blade, slate lance and a knife blade and microblades that I have yet to complete will be left unhafted.

Slate, antler and whalebone Maritime
Archaic Indian Reproductions
The Maritime Archaic pieces include a ground slate lance, barbed harpoon head and whalebone fish spear.  These reproductions are all based on artifacts from Port au Choix and date from 4400 - 3300 BP.  The antler harpoon head and fish spear have yet to be red ochre stained, but they are otherwise complete. There is also a knapped point to include in this set which I need to finish.

There is an extra lance head and pressure flaker in this photo, but otherwise everything shown here is intended for the same order.
Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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