Teaching Collection

Also housed in the Laboratory of Lithic Artifacts from the Near East is the Teaching Collection.

Composed of both Old World and New World artifacts, the collection is utilized in the instruction of undergraduate students in various anthropology classes. Additionally, the Teaching Collection is used at the graduate level as part of the Analysis of Lithic Artifacts class. Currently, the Teaching Collection is in the process of being re-organized and catalogued. This is in part an effort to better understand the full span of the collection, but also a means of ensuring the utility of the collection for future classes in anthropology.

Old World Artifacts               

The Teaching Collection contains a fair number of artifacts from the Old World, derived primarily from sites currently a part of the Near Eastern Lithic Artifact Collection.

  • A comparative tray representing the evolution of stone tool technologies from Modes I to V.
  • Specimens from Kharaneh IV, no context
  • Various projectile points and stone tools, currently uncategorized
  • Specimens from Gharandal, no context

New World Artifacts

At the moment, the following projectile point types have been identified within the North American drawers; however, this by no means represents a comprehensive list–only the points that have been tersely identified.

  • Abasolo
  • Dalton
  • Gary
  • Marshall
  • Nolan
  • Snyders
  • Fairland
  • Fort Ancient
  • Guilford
  • Hamilton
  • Kent
  • Ledbetter
  • Palmillas
  • Wheeler
  • Agate Basin
  • Grand
  • Rowan
  • Frio
  • Fresno
  • Trinity
  • Uvalde
  • Nebo Hill
  • Big Creek
  • Durst
  • Epps
  • Shetley
  • Waubesa

There remain a large number of unknown projectile points and other lithic items (likely knives, choppers, and axe heads) in the North American drawers in the Teaching collection.

Provenience is a distinct issue with these artifacts as they are the product of multiple donations over many years by individuals; as such, at this time not much more than a type and the basest of material type (chert, quartz, etc.) is able to be determined.

Other Drawers in the Teaching Collection contain the following items:

  • Oklahoma Chert Varieties
  • North American Raw Material Examples
  • Replica Points
  • Examples of Quartz Projectile Points
  • Bone Tools
  • River Cobbles
  • Groundstone
  • Axes