College of Liberal Arts

Clovis: An Early Prehistoric Tool Technology

How Experimental Archaeology Gives Us a Glimpse into Prehistoric Tool Manufacture
Age group: High School

Clovis stone tools are some of the oldest archaeological human artefacts in North America, dating from about 13,500 years ago. The Clovis fluted points were manufactured from a variety of lithic, types of stone, materials such as chert, jasper, quartz and obsidian. Here in Texas, Central Texas in particular, we have a rich source of high-quality toolstone called Edwards Plateau chert. A short presentation will introduce Clovis point manufacture from a technological point of view, and then an accompanying video will show you how archaeologists can learn from a modern-day experimental archaeologist who specializes in reproducing prehistoric stone tool technologies.