Well now, Clovis and Corner Tangs, one being very old , rare and rather uniquely American and the other being somewhat younger, rarer and rather uniquely Texan.
According to Dwain Roger's book, CORNER TANG KNIVES ACROSS TEXAS, fewer than 1500 specimens of corner tang knives are known to exist.
The largest and finest corner tang ever found ( eleven inches, page 41 in Dwain's book) came from a burial ground here in Austin County. It was collected by those Freakin' Morons from the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.
Corner tangs are found to a certain degree in association with burials and by all indications were highly valued and carefully curated by their owners.
If one digs in areas of early human habitation, sooner or later burials may be encountered. In many cases there is very little of the actual human remains remaining. Should you ever find a corner tang in such a burial situation and you find that it is damaging to your personal moral sensibilities then just toss it back in the hole and cover it up.
Hi Redman, interesting details, I'm almost surprised to hear that the ancients coveted C-tangs as much as we do. There are so many hundreds [ thousands ! ] of "blades" I would have thought anyone wanting the prestige of Ctang ownership would easily knick two notches in the right place. Sort of a Hong Kong knock off. I'm a little shy of Ctangs myself, even a Friday blade knock off would look good. [ I dont mean MODERN altering though. ]
Re which would I rather...as long as it's wishful dreaming [same as winning the lottery next week ] I'd like to dream of digging down to a good paleo level and pickup a Ctang going past archaic