Denbigh Flint Complex

The oldest cultural remains thus far found in the Eskimo territory are those of the Denbigh Flint Complex, discovered by Giddings in 1948 at Cape Denbigh on Norton Sound. It was found at the base of a stratified site beneath accumulations of Ipiutak-like and later Eskimo material. The Denbigh Flint Complex is characterized by thin lamellar flakes and the flint cores from which they were struck, small finely chipped blades made from such flakes,

a few Yuma - and Folsom-like blades

 

The presence of a few fluted points and Yuma-like blades at Cape Denbigh and geological indications that the site might be of considerable antiquity (Hopkins and Giddings, 1953) have sometimes been interpreted as indicating a relationship between the Denbigh Complex and the Paleo-Indian or Early Man complexes of western North America. However, the Yuma- and Folsom-like blades at Denbigh may be relics of an earlier period, and not
evidence of a direct relationship with Paleo-Indian (Wormington, 1953; Collins, 1953 a,bJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought to be a Northern Stylistic Variant of a Late Paleo Indian Cultural Tradition that stretched from the Plains to Northern North America between 6000 - 3000 B.C.

Reference: Prehistory of North Alaskan-Handbook of North American Indians Volume 5 Arctic-

Douglas D. Anderson

These points have excellent parallel-oblique flaking
Similar to Eden, First View, Yuma and Angostura type projectiles

Inter-changeable Tips

 

 

From Wales, Alaska and possibly dates to the Denbigh Flint Complex 4500 - 5000 B.P.

Ex: Eklund, Knowlton

 

 

From Shishmaref, Alaska and possibly dates to the Denbigh Flint Complex 4500 - 5000 B.P.

Ex: Eklund, Knowlton

 

 

 

L:2.1", T: .24", W: .49"

Base L: .34", Base W:.42"

Lithic Comp: Black Chert

 

 

L: 2.6", T: .30", W: .54"

Base L .40", Base W: .43"

Lithic Comp.:  Two Toned Light Gray Chert 

 

 

 

From Wales, Alaska

Denbigh Flint Complex 4500 - 5000 B.P.

Ex: Koneg (Original Collector)

 

From Wales, Alaska

Denbigh Flint Complex 4500 - 5000 B.P.

Ex: Koneg (Original Collector)

 

 

 

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L: 2.1", T: .29", W: .52"

Base L: .32", Base W: .39"

Lithic Comp: Black Chert

 

 

L: 2.5", T: .26", W:.56"

Base L: .36", Base W: .43"

Lithic Comp.: Light Gray Chert

 

 

     

         

 

Possible Acasta Lake Complex 7000 B.P.

L: 1.720", T: .301", W: .574"

Base L: .518", Base W: .513"

Lithic Comp.: Gray Chert

Ex: Favell Museum, (Guy Gilbert Collection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denbigh Flint Complex 4500 - 5000 B.P.

Ex: Tom Kennedy

Both Sides Shown. The color is the same on each side. just different reflections.

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L: 2.6", T: .30", W: .54"

Base L: .29", Base W: .39"

Lithic Comp.: Brown Chert 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L: 1.6", T: .22", W: .46"

Base L: .38", Base W: .34"

Lithic Comp: Mottled Black Chert

Ex: Nels G. Hanson Collection, Kotzebue Alaska