Saturday, February 28, 2015
One of the earliest cultures in North America has been named "Clovis" after a type of spear point found at Clovis, New Mexico. While these points dating as far back as the Ice Age (10 - 12 thousand years ago) have been found in the Twin Tiers region, they are very rare and are prized possessions of the collectors who find them. As a result, when the staff at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, (SRAC) received a donation of a small coffee can filled with broken points they were surprised to find what looks like a broken Clovis point in the mix. The points were donated by the family of John Featherson, of Waverly, NY who collected along the Chemung River.
A display is already on exhibit at the museum on Broad Street in Waverly, and shows a distinct notch (fluting) in the flint point that is created solely by the early hunters in North America. The point is also very thin in comparison to later arrow points which is also a classic characteristic of the Clovis point as well.