Artifact Gallery -- Spear and Knife
Knives, made by inserting a chiseled stone into a pitch-lined groove in a wooden handle, were used much as they are today, for construction, food preparation, and other purposes.
The longer tool here is likely a hunting spear. While such tools were made and used by Ancestral Puebloans, they were not as common since much effort went into farming. Between A.D. 450 and A.D. 750, the bow and arrow replaced the spear (or atlatl) as weapon for hunting game. It was more accurate and had a longer range.
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.