Blake Mound 23SL51

A class of St. Louis Community College students undertook a semester long study of artifacts excavated in 1994 from the village site south of Blake Mound and also of artifacts in the spoil dirt thrown out of the mound.


Scallorn point with serrated edges from the spoil spill on the west side of Blake Mound. Discovered in level 1 of unit 114 by Margaret McKinlay at an elevation of 170.68 meters above sea level. Measurements are length = 31.0 mm, width = 13.0 mm, thickness = 4.1 mm, weight = 7.4 grams. The tip had already been broken from the point when it was discovered. The unbroken length can be estimated as 35 mm. The projectile point was manufactured from a mottled chert that ranges in color from 5YR8/2 (Pinkish White) to 5YR8/3 (Pink).



In situ photograph of the Scallorn point and the fragment of a biface preform found in the west spoil spill at Blake Mound. Photograph facing South with a half meter scale in the 1 x 1 meter square.



Base of a thin biface, either a preform or a knife from the spoil spill on the west side of Blake Mound. Discovered in level 1 of unit 115 at en elevation of 170.66 meters above sea level. Measurements are length = 39.4 mm, width = 49.6 mm, thickness = 13.2 mm, weight = 168.4 grams.



In situ photograph of the fragment of a thin biface (in test pit 115) and a large chert waste flake (in test pit 114) discovered in the west spoil spill at Blake Mound. Photograph facing South with a half meter scale in the 1 x 1 meter square.



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