Dating of elko eared projectile points
However, even after mentioning them and providing pen and ink sketches of these elements and figures they did not attempt to date them.Neither did they comment on the character of the figures or their possible meaning and function of the images of the projectile points themselves.Both figures are either animal-human or human hunter (shamanistic? Alternative suggestions are included for understanding this apparent paradoxical relationship of male weaponry with the feminine gender.The depiction of realistic renderings of projectile point forms is an unusual feature at a handful of prehistoric rock art sites in the United States.Signed book above is available directly from the author. Principal Archaeologist Ultra Systems Environmental [email protected]@Founder and Director California Rock Art Foundation Alan P. Two direct, experimental XRF dates made directly on two of the images support this determination.
The points adorning the anthropomorphs might lead us to think they might represent side-notched points as they do contain rather incurvate edges.
Therefore we believe those dart point depictions and XRF dates place the Coso projectile point drawings during a range of time from about 2000 BC to AD 1.
The latter age range is synchronous with the a period of dart and atlatl use and is coterminous with the earliest accepted dates for the initiation of Rose Spring Series arrow points (ca. Also some surprising new observations associate the feminine gender with at least two of the projectile point petroglyph images.
Shouldered points were found in the greatest number in Little Petroglyph Canyon – among some of the oldest glyphs in the Cosos.
Those shouldered points are more highly patinated then many of the corner-notched examples.