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The Corner-Tang Flint Artifacts of Texas

University of Texas Anthropological Papers, Vol.1, No. 4

J. T. Patterson (1936)

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A, Seven and one-half inch curved knife found in gravel pit near Deatsville, Travis County. X 7/8. Gilbert Searight, Austin; B, Eight-inch diagonal corner-tang knife found in 1928 on Hickory Creek, Llano County, by Mr. Obed Rode. X 7/8. No. 6425.

     "In 1897 Thomas Wilson (fig. 19, Plate 39) in his paper on "Arrowpoints, Spearheads, and Knives of Prehistoric Times" illustrated by a photograph a corner-tang knife from San Saba County, Texas. Wilson does not comment on this specimen in the text, other than to list it among the "curious forms" under his scheme of classification for flint artifacts. In 1910 W. K. Moorehead (p. 159, Vol. 1) figured and briefly described a broken specimen found in a collection in Colorado. The piece described by Moorehead had a very weak tang, and this lead him to suggest that the hafted knife must have been used for cutting soft meat, like that of fish. This suggestion undoubtedly constitutes the source of the term "fish knife," which is one of the common names applied to these pieces. Some of the more recent references to corner-tang pieces are to be found in articles by Pearce and Jackson (1933), Ray (1935), and Huskey (1935). All of the above references are more or less incidental, and no adequate account has so far appeared.
The striking characteristics of these stone objects attracted attention from the time of their first discovery, and gave rise to a number of questions which have not been satisfactorily answered. While the main object of this paper is to describe and to illustrate the several types of corner-tang pieces, and to indicate their general distribution in Texas, yet an effort will be made to answer some of the questions which were raised by their discovery."

Text-fig. 3. County map showing the distribution of the corner-tang pieces in Texas. The figure in each county represents the number of records for that county. The counties from which these pieces have been reported are shaded by stippling.

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