Cody complex

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Cody complex projectile points and knife
Salvaged Scottsbluff Tip

The Cody complex is a Paleo-Indian culture group first identified at a bison antiquus kill site near Cody, Wyoming in 1951.[1] Points possessing characteristics of Cody Complex flaking have been found all across North America from Canada to as far south as Oklahoma and Texas.

The tradition is generally attributed to the North American, primarily in the High Plains portion of the American Great Plains. The discovery of the Cody complex broadened the understanding of late Paleo-Indian cultural traditions beyond the Folsom tradition. Most Cody complex sites were bison antiquus kill and butcher sites, and sometime campsites.[2]

The sites are distinguished by their campsites, tools and butchering process. The tools, dated between about 6,000 and 8,000 BC, include Cody knives and Scottsbluff and diamond-shaped Eden projectile points.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Shortt, Mack W. Record of Early People on Yellowstone Lake: Cody Complex Occupation at Osprey Beach Yellowstone Science (11)4:5. Retrieved 10-3-2011.
  2. ^ Gibbon, Guy E.; Ames, Kenneth M. Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: An Encyclopedia. 1998. ISBN 0-8153-0725-X, pp. 168-169.