I find it very strange that flint tools and cultural practices have not followed the paths that one would expect.
I have stated two examples below:
One example is that it makes no sense that the development of early cultures would seem to take a step back 3/4 way through their development. The early peoples of this land lived in small nomadic groups, then they became less nomadic and lived in larger groups, next they began the ceremonial practice of burying their dead in existing Glacial Kames (glacial deposits), after that they built their own mounds for their ceremonial activities, this is where things seemed to take an odd turn. The intrusive mound people then used the pre-existing mounds built by earlier cultures for their ceremonial centers. This is where the glacial kame and intrusive mound cultures are similar. It makes no sense to me as to why a developed culture would seem to take a big step backwards in their ceremonial practices.
Another example is the evolution of the flint blade or point. During the paleo period the clovis and lance were developed. This was more than 10,000 years ago. Over the next 9,000 years points and blades were developed in many ways. Nearly every type of notch or base was added in order to further develop the usefulness of the tool. Examples are: side notch, base notch, ashtabula, corner notch, adena base, and many many more. 700 years ago during the mississippian period, a strange thing happened. The bipointed knife was "developed". This blade type looked very similar to the early lance used over 10,000 years earlier. You do not find anything that looks more like a lance than the bipointed knife and they were separated by 10,000 years of development.
These are two examples of happenings that I personally find interesting. I encourage your thoughts and comments regarding this subject. Do you have any examples of your own?
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