M.A. Theses: Jonathan B. Hall, 2008

Pointing it Out: Fluted Projectile Point Distributions and Early
Human Populations in Saskatchewan

The main goal of this study is to investigate early Paleo-Indian expansion into Saskatchewan as reflected by the distribution of fluted projectile points in comparison to Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene environmental changes.  With an assemblage consisting solely of fluted point surface finds, this study consists of a geographic distribution analysis.

An initial study of Saskatchewan's fluted projectile points, conducted in 1966 by Tom Kehoe, made use of information from the then known database, consisting of a mere 36 fluted points.  The current study examines the modern types of fluted points found in Saskatchewan and the validity of applying terms  (Clovis, Folsom, and Charlie Lake) derived outside the province to them.

It is determined that not only does Saskatchewan's assemblage reflect distributional differences between each fluted point type as a result of Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene environmental changes, but it also shows typological similarities to assemblages elsewhere and changes in a time progressive manner.