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A study cast of a classic example of a Barnes Paleoindian point(around 10,500 years ago). This wonderful example shows the diagnostic attributes of Barnes.  It measures 72 mm long,  and was sent to Occpaleo for molding and casting in 2014.  The original was made in a high quality Jasper, and was found in the 1950's in Wyoming, Delaware.  Barnes points date to the post Clovis Paleoindian time period, around 10,500 years ago.  The range is usually around the Northeastern United States to Ontario, Canada, and the Great Lakes Region.  This style of a fluted Paleoindian point is unique for its fluting technique.  It usually has one side that is fluted to the tip, and another that is fluted about half way.  This is a good lesson in flintknapping physics, as the flute travels farther on the convex side, and usually ends in a step fracture on the concave side.  A diagnostic trait of Barnes points in the small and wide flake taken at the base to thin the point there in the last stages of manufacture.  All of these attributes are shown in this excellent example, loaned to Occpaleo from the Joe Hughes collection.  It was brought to the attention of Archaeologist Darrin Lowery, who brought it to the Smithsonian's Paleoindian Lab so it could be recorded for reference as a classic Barnes point in 2014.

Barnes Point Cast

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