|Identical quartzite bifaces are hafted |
in each of these tools - one as an
adze and one as a spear.
For a bit of context, you can see the original artifact in this video clip. What do you see?
|The two reproductions in their|
hafts flanking a photo reference
of the original artifact.
|Radically different tools and interpretations stemming from the same artifact.|
|Adzes are wood working tools, kind of like|
a chisel hafted onto a small axe handle.
|The antler socket is a shock|
absorber and creates a larger
hafting area to lash the stone
blade to the handle.
|Hafted as a spear, the quartzite biface creates a much more|
robust lance than the small side notched projectile points
recovered from the site.
What do you think? Is one of the interpretations more or less likely? Is there a third (or fourth) option that we didn't consider? Leave a comment - I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Photo Credits: Tim Rast