Mammoth-Bone Shaft Wrench from Murray Springs, Arizona

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Science  12 Jan 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3811, pp. 186-187
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3811.186


Archeological excavations at Murray Springs, Cochise County, Arizona, in July 1967 uncovered a unique bone tool in the Clovis occupation level and in association with bones of a mammoth. The tool may be a wrench for straightening shafts of spears; if so, shaft diameters ranging from 14 to 17 millimeters were most likely used in hafting Clovis projectile points.