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Author:  Boreas [ Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:44 am ]
Post subject:  Ancient Solutrean Spearpoint - in Kentucky

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Darrel Higgins holds his record-setting Clovis point next to the Clarks River, an area similar to the creek bed in western Kentucky where he found his artifact. The Clovis point set a North America record in size.

KYSER LOUGH / Ledger & Times

For Darrel Higgins, finding an ancient arrowhead in a creek isn't surprising, it's actually expected. Finding a record-setting artifact that dates back to an estimated 14,000 to 18,000 years? Definitely unexpected.

Higgins has been hunting creek beds for artifacts since he began finding them on farmland when he was a child. But nothing he had found compared to the 9 3/4 inch by 2 3/4 inch specimen he recently found in western Kentucky. The item, described as a clovis point made of buffalo river chert, was submerged in a creek bed when Higgins stumbled upon it.

“As soon as I picked it up, I knew what I had,” he said. “It's usually a long walk back to my truck. Not that day, I was walking on air.”

Higgins was reluctant to specify where he found the clovis, but said he immediately went to his long-time friend and artifact expert Tom Davis in eastern Kentucky to have the item authenticated. Davis dated the clovis back to the days of when prehistoric man roamed the earth and hunted large game. By measurement, it sets a North American record.

“There are some skeptics because of the size of it. But it's a record. There's one as long found in Washington state but it's not as wide,” Higgins said.

Higgins had it authenticated again during the Genuine Indian Relic Society show in Temple, Texas and was able to show it off to enthusiasts. He said he has had some buyer interest but is looking for the right price to take it off his hands. It currently is securely locked away.

http://www.murrayledger.com/articles/20 ... news01.txt


Solutrean Artefacts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solutrean

Solutrean Theory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solutrean_theory

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