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Why are these artifacts so bent up?


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On first glance you may be bothered by the fact that some of these points are deformed.  
It must have occurred a very long time ago, since they are highly oxidized and brittle.  

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Interestingly, most of the deformed points show a consistent pattern 
of deformation- a bent tip, and a bend in the tang just below the neck.  

 

In the context of their use, it becomes apparent  that this deformation 
is the result of impact with an unyielding surface!

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