1st Edition

Folsom Technology and Lifeways

Edited By John E Clarke, Michael B Collins Copyright 2002

    This volume is an extensive collection of chapters discussing Folsom artifacts and sites, as well as innovative experiments undertaken to understand Folsom technology and lifeways. Public and private collections of Folsom artifacts were brought together with professional and amateur lithic analysts and knappers in an attempt to determine how the ancient stone tools were made and used. In addition, Folsom Technology and Lifeways summarizes interaction among knappers and analysts, and the attempts to replicate specific artifact types represented. It is a unique volume in that it examines the variation present in technology and behavior across a wide range of Folsom localities.

    1. J. Clark and M. Collins, The Folsom Workshop Conferences

    2. B. Huckell and J. D. Kilby, Folsom Point Production at the Rio Rancho Site, New Mexico

    3. P. LeTourneau and T. Baker, The Role of Obsidian in Folsom Lithic Technology

    4. M. Kornfeld, Folsom Technological Organization in the Middle Park of Colorado: a Case for Broad Spectrum Foraging

    5. S. Ahler, G. Frison, and M. McGonigal, Folsom and Other Paleoindian Artifacts in the Missouri River Valley, North Dakota

    6. E. Gryba, Evidence of the Fluted Point Tradition in Western Canada

    7. L. Bement, Pickin' Up the Pieces: Folsom Projectile Point Re-sharpening Technology

    8. J. Morrow and T. Morrow, Exploring the Clovis-Gainey-Folsom Continuum: Technological and Morphological Variation in Midwestern Fluted Points

    9. D. Amick, Manufacturing Variation in Folsom Points and Fluted Preforms

    10. J. Clark, Failure as Truth: an Autopsy of Crabtree's Folsom Experiments

    11. T. Baker, Digital Crabtree: Computer Simulation of Folsom Fluting

    12. G. Titmus, An Analysis of the Folsom Preform

    13. P. Geib and S. Ahler, Considerations in Folsom Fluting and Evaluation of Hand Held Indirect Percussion

    14. K. Rozen, A Quantitative Experiment Concerning Folsom Fluting Methods and Fluting 'Success'

    15. B. Patten, Solving the Folsom Fluting Problem

    16. E. Gryba, The Case for the Use of Heat Treated Lithics in the Production of Fluted Points by Folsom Knappers

    17. M. Root, "...Heat Treatment and Knife River Flint Folsom Point Manufacture

    18. J. Gero, Phenomenal Points of Folsom

    19. P. Wilke, Bifacial Flake-Core Reduction Strategies and Related Aspects of Early Paleoindian Lithic Technology

    20. S. Ahler and P. Geib, Why the Folsom Point Was Fluted: Implications from a Particular Technofunctional Explanation

    21. J. Janetski, Modeling Folsom Mobility

    22. J. Hofman, High Points in Folsom Archaeology


    John E. Clark is an American archaeologist and academic researcher of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures and holds a position as professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University. He is also director of the New World Archaeology Foundation. Clark has written and lectured extensively on Mesoamerican archaeology.||Michael B. Collins is a Research Associate Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has specialised in the study of lithic technology and worked with prehistoric collections from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Near East and southwestern Europe. He collaborated on the lithics research for the preClovis site of Monte Verde, Chile. Dr. Collins is currently active in research on the earliest part of the American archaeological record and published Clovis Blade Technology (UT Press) and Clovis Stone Tool Technology (in press)