|Figure One. Side A of a 2.8 inch long Hekifinowatitis prehistoric knife form found |
in 1905 in Natrona County, Wyoming by George Cobban. John Branney Collection.
|Figure Two. WINDS OF EDEN, the third book in the SHADOWS|
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As a prehistoric artifact hunter, I have to admit I am probably the worst offender at wanting each projectile point identified, categorized, and cataloged properly. However, after finding and collecting thousands of projectile points, I have found that it is not easy to categorize and type every projectile point. There are lots of "tweeners"
Below in blue is a brief outtake from my prehistoric novel entitled WINDS OF EDEN where an elder is teaching young children the art of flintknapping on one of the most difficult projectile point types, a Folsom point. We wonder why there is variation in projectile point types, this may be one reason why.
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In my prehistoric artifact collection, I have many artifacts that are not easily classified, so I decided to create a new type called Hekifinowatitis. Figures one and four are photographs of a Hekifinowatitis knife form found in the year 1905 south of Casper, Wyoming by a man named George Cobban. This is not the first artifact I have run across from Mr. Cobban's early collection. He seemed to be an active artifact hunter on the high plains in the early 1900s.
This Hekifinowatitis knife form measures 71 mm long (2.8 inches long), 37.5 mm wide, and 6 mm thick for a width to thickness ratio of 6.3, falling below the arbitrary ratio of 7 or greater for ultrathin knife forms. This artifact’s flintknapper used uncommon Hartville Uplift pretty-in-pink dendritic jasper.
|Figure Four. Side B of the Hekifinowatitis knife form found in 1905 |
in Natrona County, Wyoming. John Branney Collection.