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Attention Getter: Native Americans have been using rocks to make many types of tools for centuries. These tools have become an important part of the survival of North American tribes located throughout the United States. According to the Native American Encyclopedia, “Arrowheads or Arrowpoints are the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow. An arrowhead point or tip made of stone, bone or horn which in general is less than 1 inches (25 mm) in length and weighs under 15 grams. Arrowheads are regarded as Native American artifacts and are attributed no earlier than the Woodland phase of North American prehistory that is now generally viewed as a cultural developmental stage dating from about 3,200 to 1,000 years ago.”
II. Thesis/Purpose: Today I will describe the background of arrowheads, explain the uses of arrowheads, and what significance these ancient artifacts mean to me. I choose this topic because archeology is a fascinating topic with a broad history of many different cultures. My research came from internet websites and books.
Transition: First, I will like to describe the characteristics of Arrowheads.
    1. Stone tools have been part of human technology for literally millions of years, and the Northeast  
        Woodland region offers a unique assemblage of raw materials for stone tool technology.   According to
, “Native Americans crafted the first arrowheads more 10,000 years ago made by hand.
        These arrowheads were made of a variety of materials, including slate, quartzite, flint, agate, and  
          petrified wood.” When working with flint, an arrowhead maker would first expose the material to heat in
        order to make it easier to flake off pieces. Then a strike hammer would hit the stones   against the
        flint to shape it into a point, which would be modified even more finely using the tips of antlers. Each
        arrowhead is unique, but a few general shapes and features...