This is a Clovis Spear prototype made from bi-beveled rods similar to the ones found in Wenatchee, Washington. The projectile point is not a Clovis point but instead is made of ivory such as the ones found at the Manis site, Sheridan Cave and others.
This is my idea of what the bi-beveled bone rods were used for. In my opinion they were not used to house the large Wenatchee type Clovis' like some have suggested. That type of hafting element would never hold up in the real world and no testing was ever implemented to substantiate their claims. I'm not saying this is the exact way the spears were made, but I think this is a far better concept than what has been published to date.
I first came up with this idea and published my first video on December 4th, 2012. Later the next year on October 20 and 21st, I presented a poster (see end of video) at RE-Arc (Reconstructive/Experimental Archaeology) in North Carolina at the Schiele Museum of Natural history in Gastonia.
This is a composite system that is made up of 4 major components: the ivory/bone projectile point, the bi-beveled rods, a socket and the shaft. With a composite system such as this, the unit can quickly be made usable again after damage with spare parts kept on hand (projectile point and bone rods). If the unit were made up of only one component, then the whole unit would need to be remade.
I have not done any testing on this to date, but am looking for an opportunity to do so. I would like to test on a buffalo carcass or possibly a cow, but in the end I may have to settle with a deer. Once the testing is completed, and if the testing is successful (i.e. deep, mortal penetration), I would like to redesign and build another, better spear using bone parts for the be-beveled rods and socket.
Please see other YouTube videos that I have posted that depict a portion of the design and build process up to this point. Also, please comment to initiate discussion and please share with your flintknapping and archaeology friends.