21-334 CORNER NOTCH SMALL ARROW POINT made from heat treated Hole-in-the-wall yellow agate. Length, 1 1/4 inch. Price. $8. 

Note: Though exploited from Paleo times to the Late Prehistoric and found in artifacts as far away as Washington State, and Indiana, the source of this unique, translucent, yellow agate was unknown until its recent rediscovery by intrepid individuals. It was found in a desolate place in northern Nevada aptly named “Hole-in-the-wall” for a nearby cut through the mountains. For those involved collecting this material is a risky business. It is at the end of a long trip through the desert high country, over a hundred miles from the nearest town, and a good bit of it on dirt roads barely traversable by modern four-wheel vehicles. Because I did the workability analysis I have access to a limited amount of this material and can say it is very tough in the raw, and even after cooking it can be difficult. See my written contribution in the article “Hole-in-the-wall: Archaeological Discovery of a Major Lithic Source in North-Central Nevada” by Gramly et al, published in the Jan. 2021 no.1 issue of the Central States Archaeological Journal. The small points I make from it take twice as long to finish as ones in Burlington three times their size. When looking at the price one must factor in the time and effort involved in collecting, and then processing this unique and beautiful material. 

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 May, 2014.

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