Folsom point

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Distinguished from a Clovis point in that Clovis points come from a slightly older culture and are slightly less sophisticated points in terms of stone working techniques. Folsom points, on the other hand, are produced by a slightly later culture and are slightly more sophisticated. This attribution derives from a Folsom point's fluted edge, which is an example of the pressure flaking technique, one of the most sophisticated techniques associated with handmade stone artifacts. Artifacts from both the older Clovis and later Folsom cultures have been found in what is now New Mexico.

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"A Folsom point from the Petrified Forest National Park Museum collection," by the National Park Service, is licensed under CC BY.