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Artifact Infotainment Department
Triside Artifacts from around the world
This page is a work in progress I hope to continue to add information over time.
Stack of Danish Triside points
A group of some of my Danish Trisides
I have applied the Danish style definitions for artifacts from other regions.
This is a gross oversimplification of the evolution of this flaking technology.
A-1 slightly modified to shape the base
A-2 Alterately beveled to shape the base
A-3 flaked from one side to shape the base
B-1 flaked from both sides to shape the base; minor bifacial flaking for the tip
B-2 Unifacial flaking on the ridge side; minor bifacial flaking for the tip
C Bifacial flaking to the ridge
C/D classic triside flaking
D-1 triside flaking with flared tangs above the base; typically smaller than C/D types
D-2 Smaller triside flaked no flared tangs, sometimes serrated
D-3 Triside flaked, base as large as the blade
3 3/4" Salvaged older point, bifacial flaking suggests this falls in the Triside type C class
3 1/2" Type A-3 Danish Triside
3 1/8" Type A-3 Danish Triside
3 3/8" Type B-2 Danish Triside
3 7/8" Type B-2 Danish Triside
4 1/4" Type C/D Preform
4 3/4"Type C/D Danish Triside
3 3/8" Type C/D Danish Triside
3 1/2" Type C/D Danish Triside
3 1/8" Type D-1 Danish Triside
2 5/8" Type D-2 Danish Triside
Type C/D Danish Trisides made by D.C. Waldorf
And a few from other parts of the world
2" Type B Style Triside from Yemen
Top Type D-3 Style Triside from Saudia Arabia
Middle Type C Style Triside from Saudia Arabia
Bottom Type C/D Style Triside from Saudia Arabia
I don't remember the size on these.
2 3/4" Type C/D style from Humboldt Co., CA.
7" Type C/D style Triside from Stark Co., OH.
6 1/2" Type C/D style Mahogany Obsidian Triside from Mexico
6 1/2" Side Notched Type
C/D style Obsidan Triside from Mexico
Note the cortex on the base and one edge
19" Type C/D with lobes
Obsidan Triside sword from Nayarit, Mexico in the Gilcrease
Museum Tulsa, OK.
I hope to get this out of the case next time I visit the museum and get some good pictures of it.
Link to Gilcrease Page
I have seen some examples from Panama as well. If you have seen examples from other regions, please contact me, email@example.com
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