"Stone Projectile Points Of The Pacific Northwest" is the culmination of a long-time desire to find specific and detailed information which can be used to help arrowhead collectos in the northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northern Utah, western Wyoming and Western Montana areas to identify the many finely made types of stone arrowheads which have long been found in the Pacific Northwest. As collectors, we have all seen books and guides available in many parts of the country, and some excellent national publications. Yet, finding complete, localized information attuned to this region which was so long the home of many very creative and productive populations of early American peoples has proven particularly frustrating for those of us who want to know what we have found and gathered together in our own collections over the generations of our families'' residence in this wonderful region. There is a lot of great information in the numerous archaeological studies which have been performed throughout the Northwest, but much of that data is not readily and easily available to the general "Indian Arrowhead" collecting population. So, gathering descriptive information and combining it with photographs of examples of the various point types, all to help the casual collector and the serious hobbyist to understand what he or she sees and finds, seems to be a beneficial and useful endeavor. I hope that you are able to use this guide to "Stone Projectile Points Of The Pacific Northwest" for many years to come. This arrowhead collector''s guide includes a method for describing stone projectile points with the intent to identify the specific type of arrow or dart point which is at hand. To identify a projectile point with our description, we can use the deductive reasoning made famous by the fabled English literary police detective, Sherlock Holmes. Once we eliminate from consideration all of the types which do not fit the description, we use reason to select from the remaining possible choices, based on what we know and can observe. First we narrow the choices to types which share the primary characteristics. Such as "side notch", "oval", "narrow neck", "contracting stem", etc. These can be used to narrow the field to three or four types. Then, we consider other details which can exclude remaining candidates. When only one type most reasonably fits the description, we have the name which best identifies the arrow, dart or lance point at hand. "Stone Projectile Points Of The Pacific Northwest -- An Arrowhead Collector''s Guide To Type Identification" uses this method to created descriptions and identifications of 62 different regional point types and 90 examples of those types. You can use the same process to identify most of the points you find in the Pacific Northwest. This is how "Stone Projectile Points Of The Pacific Northwest" truly is An Arrowhead Collector''s Guide To Type Identification.
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