The Scottsbluff projectile point is a late Paleoindian Period tool that dates to approximately 9,500 to 7,500 years ago and represents an early hunting and gathering lifestyle in North America. The point also represents a new era of discovery at Colorado National Monument. Colorado National Monument was initially established to conserve and preserve the natural and cultural resources within its boundaries. However, the monument has only started to conduct surveys to identify all of its cultural resources in the last two years.

During a recent archeological survey, researchers discovered this projectile point, adding new information on the prehistory and history of the monument and the surrounding area. While the monument has only just started to explore and identify the cultural resources within its boundaries, enthusiasm builds as researchers identify evidence of human activity that spans thousands of years. The projectile point demonstrates the great historic and scientific potential of the monument's cultural resources.


  • Title: Scotts Bluff Projectile Point
  • Contributor: Colorado National Monument
  • Park Website: Park Website
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: COLM 3711
  • Measurements: L 14, W 4, D 0.9 cm
  • Material: White quartzite
  • Date: 7440–6450 BCE

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