LATERAL EDGE KNEES

The above is a portion of a figure I used in my thesis. The arrows point to the lateral edge knees. Most of the time these knees cause the projectile to be asymmetrical, but occasionally, a projectile was refurbished with symmetrical knees as #2. These symmetrical knees are the reason I created this separate characteristic category of resharpening. Otherwise the rest of the knees would have fit nicely in the section on Symmetry About The Longitudinal Axis.

I wrote in my thesis "on an original projectile, the lateral edge can be expressed by one continuous mathematical function. The edges do not have abrupt changes in outline (knees). A resharpened projectile can have abrupt changes in the lateral edges (Bradley 1982:196; Frison et al. 1976:43; Wheat 1975:13)." In this image of a corner notch, the knee that is delineated by the two straight lines was created by refurbishing the distal end (tip). The refurbisher could have made the refurbished edge connect to the original edge without creating a knee, but that was not done. This image is also a good example of a knee created by a edge that is not concave as implied as necessary in the figure above. The first image in the section under Symmetry in Workmanship is another example of knees created by non-concave edges.

This is a complete refurbished Bajada. It is rare to find a Bajada of this size; usually they have been refurbished to a much smaller point. It is even more rare to find them in a material other than basalt. Note the knee that is indicated by the white mark. There are actually a couple more knees on each side of this point that are not marked. In addition, this point has all the other characteristics of refurbishing. It is not symmetrical about the longitudinal axis, in cross-section or in workmanship.


This is a midsection of a unidentifiable basalt point. It has an excellent example of a lateral edge knee which is marked by the white line.




Reverse Stems

The remaining two images are examples of knees created by refurbishing the distal end and lateral edges all the way to haft. The result is the creation of a "reverse stem" or a proximal end (base) that is wider than the blade or distal end. The reader may not classify this refurbishling as knees, but they were made in the same manner as the above knees.

This is the proximal fragment of a Clovis. The lateral edges have been reduced in width by refurbishing causing the base to be wider than the rest of the point. The white marks indicate the termination of the distal end refurbishing and therefore the knees. The grinding on the base of the point also stops at these knees. This is example of symmetrical knees.

This is the proximal fragment of a Bajada??? Bajadas were originally stemmed points with strong shoulders. The shoulders on this example have been completely obliterated by the refurbishing and done so in an asymmetrical manner. This demonstrates how severely a point can be altered by refurbishing. Finally, this point is another rare example of a non-basalt Bajada. Believe me, basalt was selected and used by the makers of the Bajada point greater than 95% of the time. I have used examples of these non-basalt points for the quality of the images.

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