• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Artifact Gallery -- Spear and Knife

Stone spear and knife
Stone 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.

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