Metin I. Eren
Using a regional dataset comprised of unifacial stone tools from seven Clovis sites in the North American Lower Great Lakes region, this manuscript examines whether these tools were regularly hafted. It was hypothesized that colonizing foragers would not have regularly hafted their unifacial stone tools because this practice would have decreased toolkit portability. Test predictions were formulated stating: (1) if unifacial stone tools were regularly hafted, then there should be decreased richness of morphological edge classes and a lower frequency of spurs and notches in the proximal tool-section relative to lateral and distal tool-sections; but (2) if unifacial stone tools were not regularly hafted then there should be similar amounts of edge class richness and similar frequencies of spurs and notches among proximal, lateral, and distal tool-sections. Test results were consistent with the notion that Clovis unifacial stone tools in the Lower Great Lakes region were regularly hafted.