Chipped with great skill and care from carefully-selected materials, these points were attached to the ends of darts or arrows, and used for hunting game. The Hidden Ridge site, discovered at Tonto National Monument in 2006, contained points spanning about 8000 years of history, many of which pre-date the building of the cliff dwellings.
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In addition to small projectile points 2-5 cm in length, larger tools like the 15 cm one above were fabricated using similar chipping techniques. Made from a fine-grained volcanic material, this tool is notched in the center, suggesting it may been attached to wooden shaft for use in light chopping and cutting.
Other Stone Tools
This stone disk with a hole in the center, possibly argillite, could have been used as a spindle whorl, or perhaps a personal ornament worn on a string.