North American Bipoints

From the First Settlement of Prehistoric Americas to Contact

by WM Jack Hranicky



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/11/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 324
ISBN : 9781546266969

About the Book

North American Bipoints is a survey of bipoints found in North America. The book contains over two thousand specimens from over thirty-five states, Mexico, and Canada. It is over five hundred pages, 8 ½ x 11 inches, and is printed in black and white. The bipoint is argued as the longest continuously made artifact, starting in the Pleistocene and continuing to contact. There are bipoint photographs with their data and maps, lithics, and charts showing the bipoints in American prehistory. The author is a professional archaeologist with over fifty years of experience in analyzing and publishing artifacts. The resharpened bipoint is the most overlooked artifact in archaeology. Numerous examples are explained and illustrated with their metrics. The book explains—with drawings, photographs, etc.—how to analyze and identify most Pleistocene artifacts. The bipoint’s legacy from the Old World is argued. A brief worldwide summary is offered, starting with the seventy-five-thousand-year Blombos Cave bipoint in South Africa. The most famous bipoint, called the Cinmar bipoint, is illustrated. This publication argues that the bipoint is as common as America’s arrowheads—all lying on the ground, remaining to be found and identified archaeologically.

About the Author

Jack Hranicky is a retired U.S. Government contractor, but he has been involved with archaeology as a full-time passion for over 40 years. His main interest is the Paleo-Indian period; however, he has worked in all facets of American archaeology. He has published over 250 papers and over 50 books in archaeology with his most recent being a two-volume, 800-page, 10,000-artifact book on the material culture of Virginia. In Virginia, he is considered an expert on prehistoric stone tools and rockart. The prehistoric Spout Run Observatory site was investigated by him which dated 10,470 YBP. He has served as president of the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) and Eastern States Archeological Federation (ESAF), and been past chairman of the Alexandria Archaeology Commission in Virginia. And, he is the director of the Virginia Rockart Survey. He is a charter member of the Registry of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). And, since he joined the Archeological Society of Virginia (ASV) in 1966, he is its senior member. And finally, his major publication is PaleoAmerican Archaeology in Virginia.