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Biface Projectile point

Bandelier National Monument, National Park Service

Bandelier National Monument, National Park Service

For at least 12,000 years, obsidian deposits in the Bandelier area were used by prehistoric peoples to make cutting or piercing tools like this obsidian biface on the right. The term €œbiface€� indicates that the craftsman chipped it to be sharp along both long edges. During the Ancestral Pueblo period, obsidian became an important item for trade with groups as far away as Texas and Oklahoma.

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  • Title: Biface Projectile point
  • Contributor: Bandelier National Monument, National Park Service
  • Original Source: http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/band/exb_archeology/BAND390_392_spear_exb.html
  • Source: Bandelier National Monument
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: BAND 390
  • Measurements: L 10, T 4.5 cm [L 4, W 1 ¾ inches]
  • Materials: Jemez obsidian
  • Details: Ancestral Pueblo
  • Date: Pueblo III - Pueblo IV AD 1200 - 1550
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