Monty Rogers, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, recently sent me this picture of a miniature point found during their survey this summer. This point along with a base fragment of another small point were found at a large village site on Naknek Lake.
This site, about 250 km from Aniakchak, is very near to the Brooks River Archaeological District where Don Dumond (University of Oregon) and the NPS have done a lot of field work. My quick review of Dumond’s classic 1981 monograph found only a few examples of “miniature” points. Dumond gives the size range for each of his point types and only the Bipoint I, Bipoint II, and Falls stemmed variety 3 point types include specimens with lengths of 20 mm or less. The smallest point recorded by Dumond measured 17 mm. Roger’s point measures 12.8 mm. Most of the Aniakchak points also measure under 20 mm.
I’m interested in hearing more about the Idavian Creek site. How large is “large”? How does it compare to the other sites in the region? Did the survey produce any other artifacts from this site? Where does this site fit in Dumond’s cultural sequence?