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Comment on Bray's “An Eighteenth Century Reference to a Fluted Point from Guatemala”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Irwin Rovner*
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27650


Bray's interpretation of an eighteenth century reference to a lithic implement in Guatemala as describing a fluted projectile point is challenged on the grounds that semantic variations of the translation may well fit the attributes of a late period-style obsidian prismatic blade. Problems in distinguishing between genuinely fluted points and "pseudofluted" points are also noted. The possibility of widespread pseudofluted points in Central and South America raises questions of their relationship to North American paleo-Indian industries.

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