Synopses & Reviews
Roughly thirteen thousand years ago, Clovis hunters cached more than fifty projectile points, preforms, and knives at the toe of a gentle slope near present-day Elgin, Bastrop County, in central Texas. Over the next millennia, deposition buried the cache several meters below the surface. The entombed artifacts lay undisturbed until 2003.
A circuitous path brought thirteen of the original thirty-seven Clovis bifaces and points through many hands before reaching the attention of Michael Waters at Texas AandM University. At the site of the original cache, Waters and coauthor Thomas A. Jennings conducted excavations, studied the geology, and dated the geological layers to reconstruct how the cache was buried.
This book provides a well-illustrated, thoroughly analyzed description and discussion of the Hogeye Clovis cache, the projectile points and other artifacts from later occupations, and the geological context of the site, which has yielded evidence of multiple Paleoindian, Archaic, and Late Prehistoric occupations.
The cache of tools and weapons at Hogeye, when combined with other sites, allows us to envision a snapshot of life at the end of the last Ice Age.
andquot;Waters and Jennings provide a valuable contribution to the study of Clovis archaeology, lithic technology, and individual cache assemblages. Their work stands as an excellent model for reporting these relatively rare finds. If only all Clovis caches were investigated and reported in this level of detail.andquot;--David Kilby, Eastern New Mexico University
andquot;Lithics analysts will value this book as a how-to manual for the Clovis flintknapper.andquot; -- Mammoth Trumpet
andquot;This is an excellent book on Clovis. The book is extremely well edited, and the numerous figures and illustrations add immeasurably to its success as an overview of the Clovis period.andquot;-- Choice
andquot;This heavily illustrated book has beautiful pictures and sketches of the clovis points and bifaces. It is a must for anyone interested in the study of Early Man and his clovis points, and will be well received by the archaeological community.andquot; andmdash; Rodney M. Peck, The Chesopiean
andldquo;A seminal work of truly impressive scholarship, richly illustrated, documents, and extraordinary in organization and presentation, The Hogeye Clovis Cache is an essential, critically important, highly recommended addition to professional and academic library American Archaeology reference collections and supplemental studies lists.andrdquo;andmdash;Midwest Book Review
About the Author
MICHAEL R. WATERS directs the Center for the Study of the First Americans in the Department of Anthropology at Texas AandM University and is executive director of the North Star Archaeological Research Program. THOMAS A. JENNINGS is a faculty member in the department of anthropology at the University of West Georgia.