M.A. Theses: Shannon King, 2007

What's the Point?  A Morphological Study of Small Bone Points from Nuu-chah-hulth Territory, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Small bone points are ubiquitous in middens sites on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island demonstrating that fishing was a frequent, if not daily, activity.  However, links between point morphology and specific fishing activities are tenuous.  This thesis critically examins the funcional interpretation of small bone points using ethnographic sources, existing collections, use wear, and morphological data.  I use eighteen subjective categories to describe the morphological variation in small bone points.  I document the intra-category variation and overlap between categories using quantitative analysis.  By identifying and analysing these eighteen morphological categories, I highlight potentially meaningful variations in the assemblages.  I conclude that studying assemblages of small bone points in this manner will increase the consistency of future typological analyses.