Everyone needs something that gets them excited! I love primitive skills...welcome to my journey.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Side Notched Spearhead
Hitting the rock pile, I was able to find a nice spall of Keokuk Burlington chert, and knapped a 5-inch spearhead. This piece has a couple of side notches facilitating hafting to a spear shaft. Notches were developed on stone points some time during the Archaic Period (8000 - 2000 B.C.). Hunter gatherer societies that lived thru this broad span of time developed a multitude of point styles and notching technics.
I've been interested in primitive skills ever since I read Larry Dean Olsen's book, Outdoor Survival Skills, decades ago. The past 10 years, or so, I have been striving to learn the skills...flintkapping, hide working, friction fires, edible & medicinal plants, etc. Having gained some proficiency, I have been demonstrating and teaching at historical events and gatherings. It is a never ending journey.