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Message started by duckdiver on May 22nd, 2020 at 6:44pm

Title: New theory on the advantages of Clovis Fluting technology
Post by duckdiver on May 22nd, 2020 at 6:44pm
Quick read on structural advantages of the flute design.
Iíve yet to make good ones without cheating and using copper punches.


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170404160022.htm

Title: Re: New theory on the advantages of Clovis Fluting technology
Post by vetryan15 on May 25th, 2020 at 8:50pm
Thats insane to think about. I only chipped a few stone a few hours under my belt. But eventually want to retry it again.

Title: Re: New theory on the advantages of Clovis Fluting technology
Post by Bill Skinner on May 28th, 2020 at 2:06pm
I don't think that paper is going survive a peer review. 

First, most surviving broken Clovis points are broken above the flute, usually about 1/3 of the way up. 

Second, I have yet to see any evidence of the base crushing in a Clovis.  Nor have I read anything about others mentioning this.  And I can tell you from my own experience that I've never had a base crush.

Third, modern made Clovis' usually have too long a flute, the ancient ones usually have a very short flute.  Te average length of a Clovis point is around 3 inches, (75mm), average flute length is around 1/2 inch or 12mm.

Fourth, 30 minutes is actually on the quick side for knapping out a point, 45 minutes to an hour is usually what it takes to make a point from reducing the rock to a bi face to a finished point or blade.  And basal thinning is quite common.

If they had mentioned an "I" beam and the way it handles stresses, then I probably would agree with their opinion.

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