3D Clovis Wrench, Shaft Straightener or Rope Tool

While there are a number of theories regarding what this particular mammoth bone artifact from the Murray Springs site (AZ EE:8:25[ASM]; [10885 B.P.]) may represent, some more plausible and well-supported than others, I could not pass up the opportunity to scan it. What manner of tool do you think this might represent?

This 3D model, along with 3D models of selected Clovis points from the Murray Springs and Nico Sites, are being written up as a data paper, where we will share the links to download them.

Many thanks to the faculty and staff in the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona for the requisite permissions and access needed to scan this important artifact.

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Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a husband, father, 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.