Several flaked-stone crescents from the northern Great Basin were recently identified within the James M. Collins artifact collection held in the Archaeological Research Collections, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University. These artifacts are morphologically and technologically consistent with other pre- Columbian crescents reported from the region. The two obsidian crescents in the collection exhibit compositions that are consistent with obsidian from the Whitehorse/Double H source, located immediately south of where the artifacts were reportedly obtained. Analysis of the crescents for use wear suggests that they were used in a manner consistent with transversely hafted projectiles. Data reported here add to a growing body of information relating to the morphology, use, and preferred raw materials of flaked-stone crescents in the region.
Obsidian, Geochemistry, Lithic technology
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Boulanger, Matthew T., G. Logan Miller, and Philip Fisher. 2021. A collection of early Holocene flaked-stone crescents from the northern Great Basin. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 37, June 2021, 103005