Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of California and the Great Basin

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Noel Justice adds another regional guide to his series of important reference works that survey, describe, and categorize the projectile point and cutting tools used in prehistory by
Native American peoples. This volume addresses the region of California and the Great Basin. Written for archaeologists and amateur collectors alike, the book describes over 50 types of stone arrowhead and spear points according to period, culture, and region. With the knowledge of someone trained ...

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Overview

Noel Justice adds another regional guide to his series of important reference works that survey, describe, and categorize the projectile point and cutting tools used in prehistory by
Native American peoples. This volume addresses the region of California and the Great Basin. Written for archaeologists and amateur collectors alike, the book describes over 50 types of stone arrowhead and spear points according to period, culture, and region. With the knowledge of someone trained to fashion projectile points with techniques used by the Indians, Justice describes how the points were made, used, and re-sharpened. His detailed drawings illustrate the way the Indians shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified.
There are hundreds of drawings, organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The book also includes distribution maps and color plates that will further aid the researcher or collector in identifying specific periods, cultures, and projectile types.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This title has been reviewed jointly with Stone Age spear and arrow points of the Southwestern United States, by Noel D. Justice. Justice's two volumes continue the format of his 1988 survey and compilation of projectile points recovered from the midcontinental and eastern US. Together, they provide detailed information about 52 point types known from excavation and surface collection in the Southwest, the Great Basin, and California. Each distinctive form is first defined by shape and unique aspects of flaking and base shape, then by its first known occurrence in the archaeological record. Age and cultural affiliation and geographical distribution are presented, with frequent citations to the detailed bibliography at the end of each volume. The volumes begin with a series of high-quality color plates illustrating type specimens of each cluster, followed by an identification key. Introductory essays set forth each book's organization, present issues relating to the illustration, photography, and metrical classification of projectile points, discuss raw materials and technologies used in manufacture, and evaluate evidence for a possible pre-Clovis occupation horizon in North America. Written for both general readers and practicing archaeologists, these works belong in all college, university, field laboratory, and museum libraries supporting courses and research in North American archaeology." —R. B. M. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University, Choice, December 2002

— R. B. M. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University

Newsletter of the South Dakota Archaeology Society

"... more than a point guide... [it] provides a tremendous amount of introductory information on many aspects of archaeology....Justice had made a most worthwhile contribution to the archaeological community." —Newsletter of the South Dakota Archaeology Society

Choice - R. B. M. Ridinger

"This title has been reviewed jointly with Stone Age spear and arrow points of the Southwestern United States, by Noel D. Justice. Justice's two volumes continue the format of his 1988 survey and compilation of projectile points recovered from the midcontinental and eastern US. Together, they provide detailed information about 52 point types known from excavation and surface collection in the Southwest, the Great Basin, and California. Each distinctive form is first defined by shape and unique aspects of flaking and base shape, then by its first known occurrence in the archaeological record. Age and cultural affiliation and geographical distribution are presented, with frequent citations to the detailed bibliography at the end of each volume. The volumes begin with a series of high-quality color plates illustrating type specimens of each cluster, followed by an identification key. Introductory essays set forth each book's organization, present issues relating to the illustration, photography, and metrical classification of projectile points, discuss raw materials and technologies used in manufacture, and evaluate evidence for a possible pre-Clovis occupation horizon in North America. Written for both general readers and practicing archaeologists, these works belong in all college, university, field laboratory, and museum libraries supporting courses and research in North American archaeology." —R. B. M. Ridinger, Northern Illinois University, Choice, December 2002

From the Publisher
"This title has been reviewed jointly with Stone Age spear and arrow points of the
Southwestern United States, by Noel D. Justice. Justice's two volumes continue the format of his
1988 survey and compilation of projectile points recovered from the midcontinental and eastern US.
Together, they provide detailed information about 52 point types known from excavation and surface collection in the Southwest, the Great Basin, and California. Each distinctive form is first defined by shape and unique aspects of flaking and base shape, then by its first known occurrence in the archaeological record. Age and cultural affiliation and geographical distribution are presented,
with frequent citations to the detailed bibliography at the end of each volume. The volumes begin with a series of high-quality color plates illustrating type specimens of each cluster, followed by an identification key. Introductory essays set forth each book's organization, present issues relating to the illustration, photography, and metrical classification of projectile points, discuss raw materials and technologies used in manufacture, and evaluate evidence for a possible pre-Clovis occupation horizon in North America. Written for both general readers and practicing archaeologists, these works belong in all college, university, field laboratory, and museum libraries supporting courses and research in North American archaeology." —R. B. M. Ridinger,
Northern Illinois University, Choice, December 2002

"... more than a point guide... [it] provides a tremendous amount of introductory information on many aspects of archaeology....Justice had made a most worthwhile contribution to the archaeological community." —Newsletter of the South Dakota Archaeology
Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253339119
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 636,393
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel D. Justice, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections of the Glenn A. Black
Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, is author of Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of the Midcontinental and Eastern United States (Indiana University Press).

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of
Color Plates
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Projectile Point Identification
Key
Introduction
Projectile Point Types and Type Clusters: The Organizational
Concept for the Book; Illustration and Photography of Projectile Points; Metrical Classification of
Projectile Points; Projectile Point Manufacture; Weapon Technology and Use; The Earliest Americans:
Is There a
Pre-Clovis Occupation?

Projectile Point Type
Descriptions
Clovis Cluster
Clovis
Lanceolate Plano Cluster

Black Rock Concave Base
Great Basin Stemmed Cluster
Lake Mojave
Silver
Lake
Borax Lake Cluster
Borax Lake Widestem
Stanislaus Broad
Stem
Crescent Cluster
Lunate Crescent
Winged Crescent

Eccentric Crescent
Pinto Cluster
Pinto
Gatecliff Split
Stem
Humboldt Cluster
Humboldt
Buchanan Eared
Mendocino
Concave Base
Northern Side Notched Cluster
Northern Side Notched
Sudden
Side Notched
Pacific Coast Side Notched Cluster
Jalama Side Notched

Diablo Canyon Side Notched
Albion Head Side Notched
Big Valley Cluster

Big Valley Stemmed
Kelsey Creek Barbed
Cache Creek Corner Notched

Mayacmas Corner Notched
Rossi Cluster
Rossi Straight Stem
Rossi
Expanding Stem
Martis Cluster
Martis Corner Notched
Foresthill
Notched
Tuolumne Notched
Hot Creek Stemmed
Willits Cluster

Willits Side Notched
McGillivray Cluster
McGillivray Expanding
Stem
Coastal Contracting Stemmed Cluster
Vandenburg Contracting Stem

Channel Islands Barbed
Houx Contracting Stem
Excelsior
Sierra
Contracting Stem Cluster
Sierra Contracting Stem
Steamboat Lanceolate

Yosemite Contracting Stem
Norden Basal Notched
Gypsum Cluster

Gypsum
Elko Cluster
Elko Eared
Elko Corner Notched
Rosegate
Cluster
Rose Spring Corner Notched
Eastgate Expanding Stem
Parowan
Basal Notched
Need Cluster
Need Stemmed Lanceolate
Alamo
Cluster
Alamo Stemmed
Contra Costa Cluster
Contra Costa
Notched
Stockton Cluster
Stockton Parallel Stem
Stockton Notched
Leaf
Stockton Corner Notched
Stockton Expanded Stem
Stockton
Curve
Malaga Cove Cluster
Malaga Cove
Western Triangular
Cluster
Cottonwood
Bull Creek
Canalio
Price Ranch
Triangular
Desert Side Notched Cluster
Desert Side Notched
Sierra Side
Notched
Delta Side Notched
Redding Side Notched
Bear River Side
Notched
Panoche Side Notched
Rattlesnake Cluster
Rattlesnake Corner
Notched
Clear Lake Corner Notched
Round Valley Corner Notched
Gunther
Cluster
Gunther Barbed

Appendix: Table of
Measurements
References Cited
Index

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