Min, took some tools to the Angel Mounds site today,
First professor upon seeing some levallois points says "those are levallois technology and my expertise is really in late prehistoric stuff, where did these come from?"
"Right here in this county "I say.
"No way" says the club prof. " "Judging by the patina alone I can say that these have to be way older than ten thousand years, but there were no neandertals here so I don't know what to say about these. You need to maybe try a Paleo man, Tankersley in Cinncinatti may be able to help," (shaking his head).
Second professor walks in and upon approaching the artifacts says , "Those are levallois points, where from?"
"Indiana" I say.
"No way" says the learned clubber. " I would not have thought that but they definitely look Mousterian."
Third "expert" asks," what ya got there?" " let's see." " Wow, I haven't seen any of those since I was in Germany at the Neandertal Museum. Where are these from?"
"Right here in southern Indiana." I say.
"No way, there were no Neandertals in this country." as he shows the points to his fellow flint knapper. Both are Native American knappers doing demonstrations. "Well, we know that THEY say we have been here for about 12,000 years but we think it's more like 20,000 or longer. I guess Neandertal had to go somewhere, maybe we came from them, I've seen Shawnee with big ol' brow ridges."" That is Levallois technology though, amazing." he says.
Well, I couldn't seem to interest them in looking at the entire industry that was in the trailer in the parking lot. It was almost as if they were scared to see more evidence so I just left with the satisfaction of knowing that the artifacts spoke for themselves. I can't wait to show the entire assemblage, just trying to figure out the right venue.....rick d.