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By Betty Vanderwielen

MDT Archeologist Demonstrates Flintkapping


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Archaeologist Steve Platt holds a long arrow in his left hand and an atlatl in his right. The atlatl works much like a Chuckit ball launcher dog toy. It allows the arrow to be launched with greater force and velocity.

OVANDO – With a piece of leather spread across his lap, Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Archaeologist Steve Platt repeatedly struck a piece of jet black obsidian rock with a chunk of limestone, fashioning the obsidian into an arrowhead shape similar to those arrayed on a cloth at his feet. As he worked, Platt explained the process of flintknapping and answered questions about the native peoples who left stone artifacts in the Blackfoot Valley.

Platt was the featured guest for Pure Montana Tales, an informative speaker series jointly sponsored by Blackfoot Challenge and Clearwa...

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