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Selected Pictures from the 2022 October Journal

See these, and more, in this issue of the Central States Archaeological Societies Journal

gorget found by Stan Harris, Eddyville, Illinois

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Expanded Center gorget found by Stan Harris, Eddyville, Illinois. Measuring 4 ½” in length and 1 ¾” wide at the center, yhe material is aragonite sourced from Wyandotte Cave in Crawford County, Indiana.
See "Back Home at Last" in the CSASI 2022 October Journal

Sonora Clovis

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Colorful Clovis point measures 3 ¼” in length. It is made from Sonora chert and was found in Kentucky. Collection of Rocky Hall, Jamestown, Tennessee

North Carolina Clovis point

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superb Clovis point measures 5½” in length and is very thin. It is made from rhyolite, a difficult material to knap. It was found southwest of Durham, North Carolina at the headwaters of New Hope Creek prior to 1950. It was formerly collected by Tommy Beutell and previously pictured in Extraordinary Fluted points of the Tennessee Valley Region by Ellis Whitt. Collection of Jimmy Boswell, Youngsville, North Carolina

Lawrence Tully Stillwell

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measures 5 ?” in length and was found in Cass County, Illinois. It was pictured previously in Flint Blades and Projectile Points of the North American Indian by Lawrence Tully, and described as a Stilwell point “as it looked before resharpening.” Stilwell points date to the Early Archaic period and were identified and named by Gregory Perino in 1970. Perino reported his discovery in the CSAJ Volume 17(3) in his article “The Stilwell II Site, Pike County, Illinois.” In that article he describes the Stilwell as having“… many similarities to the Kirk Corner Notched point and the Rice Lobed point….indications are that these three point types are related and of the same general time period.” It should be noted that the site included the burial of a large dog and a human skeleton that Perino stated “may well be the earliest found in Illinois so far.” There were just two habitation sites found in the road cut and he later states that the Stilwell “type is not found in numbers anywhere.” This point was found long before Perino’s identification, as it has the signature of collector J.G. Braecklein and the date 1916. Braecklein was a collector as well as an agent for Edward Payne. It has always been assumed that since he was a buyer for Payne, Braecklein pieces automatically went to Payne. In Tully’s book he states this and then says that this point was later acquired by B. W. Stephens of Quincy, Illinois. However, it appears from studying the original catalog of B.W. Stephens, that no flint specimens from Cass County were acquired by Stephens from Payne. However, one does show up that closely matches the description of this point. It is labeled S-138, and shows it was acquired from Dr. Yeck on April 28, 1917 (for $15.00). In all likelihood, this is the point, with Dr. Yeck acquiring the point from Braecklein and then offered it to Stephens, with it never going to Payne (It should be noted that Stephens bought a lot of specimens from Dr. Yeck). In 1953, Stevens sold his entire collection for the sum of $105,000 to Dr. T. Hugh Young of Nashville, Tennessee. Young affixed his sticker with the letter “S” to the point (utilizing medical tape). After Young’s death in the early 1960s, the point was acquired by E.E. Curtiss, Sr, who put his sticker on it (EC 45FC-3). The Curtiss collection was inherited by his daughter Barbara and her husband, Red Tully. Upon the death of Red, the collection was dispersed and the point ended up in the Gary Noel collection for 20 years. It was acquired from Gary by Brian Rosbottom and in May 2022 went to Brian Kerns who passed it on to the current owner. Collection of John Beasley, Gleason, Tennessee

lobed base Pine Tree point

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3 3/16” lobed base Pine Tree point from the E. J. Sims collection was dispersed in September of 2020 now in the collection of by John Sisk, Leipers Fork, Tennessee
See "Two Artifacts from the E. J. Sims Collection" in the CSASI 2022 October Journal