Diane and George Johnson moved from Alsip, Illinois to have the peace
and quiet that rural life provides. They are shown in front of the
house they built and George insisted on wearing his “favorite T-shirt”
for picture taking.
The three artifacts that were found on or near their property is a prime
example of difficulty in assigning a specific point typology to many of
the artifacts in our area. Many artifacts can be crudely made, possibly
by some long-ago person learning to knap, or someone that simply never
acquired the ability to produce well-made tools and points, or even someone
who was just in a hurry and had a bad piece of chert material to work with
in the first place. Also a problem is dealing with so many artifacts
that have sustained either ancient or modern damage, such as the points
pictured above, although having the base of a point is more determinant
than the top half. Add to this the fact that the northeastern portion
of Illinois lacks study so many of our points are not found in resource
books and this becomes another problem in assigning point typology.
That said, two of the three artifacts shall remain without a typology and
the third, the white partial point shown in the middle, is possibly a Kirk.
I say “possibly” because it is actually more of a unifacial artifact- the
back has only edgework........interesting point made from a thin flake
of Burlington Chert.