National Geographic : 1955 Dec
SNational Geographic Society 785 Painting by Andre Durenceau Using Stone and Bone Tools, Folsom Men Chip Fluted Points for Their Spears The discovery near Folsom, New Mexico, of fluted spear points, together with the bones of extinct bison, gave a name to these hunters and proved that man roamed the New World millenniums ago. Later, fluted tips came to light across the continent. These craftsmen, flaking crude quartz, shape central grooves that slip snugly into the notched ends of shafts; they bind stone to wood with thongs (foreground). Hammering his bone punch with a stone, the beaded artisan starts a fresh spearhead. A companion, who protects his palm with a hide mitt, sharpens a point with a bone flaking tool. Hunters in the distant valley prepare to skin a bison.