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clovis point

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1962,1206.137

  • Description

    Flint point with parallel, slightly convex edges tapering to a point. The base is slightly concave. Both faces are modified by invasive flat, sub-parallel retouch originating from the edges. Following retouch the piece has been thinned on both sides by the removal of a flake, also known as a 'flute' along the long axis, originating from the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11000BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 85.5 millimetres
    • Width: 29.8 millimetres
    • Depth: 0.75 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • MacGregor 2010 5 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2015-2016 May-May, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
    2014-2015 Dec-Mar, HOTW, tbc. PROMISED
    2014 Apr-Aug, HOTW,Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
    2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    1999 25 Jun-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The First Americans / Hopewell Pipes from Mound City, Ohio"

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1962

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1962,1206.137


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