Novaculite Production and Exchange
Our research focuses on the use of novaculite by Indians living at Jones Mill. Novaculite was made into tools — dart points, knives, scrapers, drill bits — by Indians in this region. But it was also transported to sites in what are now Louisiana and Mississippi, as early as 6000 B.C., during what archeologists term the Middle Archaic period. We are interested in learning whether Indians living at the site were making stone tools out of novaculite for trade down the Ouachita River.
A 2011 poster presentation at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference by Trubitt and Hanvey explores the novaculite reduction sequence at Jones Mill. Click here to view the poster.