3D Dart Points from the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas

In addition to our efforts to process and prepare the USFS artifacts for curation, we are also scanning all of the–complete–dart points in an effort to generate a 3D comparative collection. What makes this effort unique is that practitioners will not only be able to identify similar artifacts (types, styles, etc.) that may aid in identifying contemporaneous occupations, but they will also be able to gather metric data from the 3D scans. Unlike other similar undertakings that have cataloged specific orthogonal measurements from similar points in East Texas, investigators will be able to dictate their own metrics, making it possible to pursue more novel and dynamic research designs. In addition to traditional metrics, these dart points might also be used in a study of 2D/3D geometric morphometrics (shape analysis) to see how their shapes–and resharpening trajectories–vary through time. Our goal here is to provide a dataset to archaeologists, as well as educators and the general public, that will further enrich our understanding of Texas prehistory.


Written by zselden

Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a US Marine Corps veteran, cyclist, kayaker, backpacker, hiker, climber, fisherman and general all-around outdoor enthusiast. His research is focused at the confluence of archaeological methods and digital technology, and he is particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, predictive modeling, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.