OSU Collaboration Finds “Fluting” Fascinating for New Reasons

New research on 8,000 year old Arabian stone tools suggests that the elaborate stone weapons made by artisans where not designed just for battle or hunting but to show off the tool-making abilities for the artisans.

The Ohio State University Collaborated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History to excavate and study these projectile points, like arrow and spearheads, that were crafted during the Neolithic period from what is now Yemen and Oman.

The findings showed that Arabian artisans independently discovered a process called “fluting” to create projectile points. This method had been discovered by North American tool makers thousands of years earlier.

The researchers found though that there is a major difference between how it was used in ancient Arabia versus North America. In North America fluting was used functionally while in Arabia it was meant to show off the technical ability of the artisan.

Fluting had a higher risk of failure when crafting a projectile point so any artisan that could do it well demonstrated their skill level by doing so.

The research was published in the journal ”PLOS ONE.”