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A Journey to a New Land

Bison

Blackwater Draw

The Blackwater Draw archaeological site, located near the town of Clovis, New Mexico, is the site at which the distinctive Clovis points were identified for the first time. Radiocarbon dates put the Clovis occupation of this site at about 11,300 – 11,000 years ago.

The Clovis points, along with other types of stone and bone tools and weapons, were found together with the bones of Pleistocene animals, such as mammoth and bison. The remains of other animals, including the short faced bear, dire wolf, and saber-tooth cat, were also found at the site.

An interesting feature found at the Blackwater Draw site was a hand-dug water well that dates to the Clovis period. This is the oldest known water well in America.

Blackwater Draw is one of the best known archaeological sites in North America, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States government.