Monday, October 29, 2012

Pre-Dorset Endscraper with Serrated Base

Here's an interesting little artifact that we found on a Pre-Dorset site in Nunavut this summer.  Its an endscraper, with a smooth working edge and deeply serrated hafting area.  A lot of the diagnostic tools from this particular site had serrated bases.  It was my first time seeing this sort of treatment on bases, but I guess it does show up in the early Palaeoeskimo toolkits.

That's a 5cm scale.

Its a cool way to rough up the hafting area.  Its almost the opposite of notches - its more like spines, which seems really odd to me, but I guess it was the right way to haft things for the folks using this site sometime in the centuries around 3500 years ago.

Photo Credit: Tim Rast

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