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    Bifurcates

    An examination of the occurrence of the general class of Bifurcate projectile points, including the wide variety of subtypes, indicates that the distribution of these projectile points conforms quite strictly to a distinct ecological boundary (J. Chapman 1975). J. Chapman (1975:265) notes that Bifurcate projectile points appear to be distributed throughout, but confined to, the deciduous forests of eastern North America. Their distribution does not appear to extend past the fall line on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, beyond which lies the oak-hickory-pine forest zone. The northeastern limits of the Bifurcate tradition correspond to the transition between the oak forests characteristic of the Appalachians to the hardwood forests of the north. The distribution of Bifurcate points in southern Canada appears to match the northern limits of the beech-maple-black walnut-hickory-oak forests. The western limits of the Bifurcate horizon seem to terminate at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Valley.
    HUNTER-GATHERERS IN TRANSITION: LATE PALEOINDIAN AND EARLY ARCHAIC ADAPTATIONS IN TENNESSEE
    Katherine E. McMillan, D. Shane Miller, Juliette Vogel, and Jonathan Baker
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    Explain this to me like I'm a five year old.

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    People in a specific environment made/used them. Outside that environment, nobody made/used them.
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    Any guesses as to why? Different material for shafts or hafting material?

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    I must be right on the fall line. I have found a few here in N.E. Elmore Co. Alabama.
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    Any guesses as to why? Different material for shafts or hafting material?
    Compared to others around them, they were different people, with a different adaption to a different environment.

    Same reason pueblo Indians didn't make harpoons or kayaks.
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    So, if I am to understand what this says there were no Bifurcate Points found past the Mississippi River?

    Just curious then, aren't these Texas Points considered to be Bifurcate types?
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    I think Eastern North America is the focus. Spank me if I'm wrong.
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    That's what I'd call a Montell.Bifurcates-2-montells-jpg
    MATO OYATE LILA WAKAN

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    Correct, all four of mine are Montells but aren't they also Bifurcates.
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