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Artifact #116
This chert point shows superior control of "overshot flaking." In this process, Clovis knappers struck across the point in such a way as to remove a flake that included a portion of the opposite face. They used overshot flaking to quickly thin a point, but they had to be careful—an improper strike could result in taking too large a chunk off the edge. This point is not fluted and may not be finished.


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