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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?
Approximately 600 of the over 4700 archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park are cliff dwellings. Other sites include mesa top pueblos, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams.