The Carlisle Cache


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The Carlisle Clovis cache dates to the end of the last Ice Age and represents the earliest, intact archaeological site excavated in Iowa. It includes 38 unfinished tools that were recovered near Carlisle in Warren County by Iowa State University archaeologists. The character, composition, and location of the cache suggest it was established to supply a stone-poor landscape with tool preforms that Clovis hunters could convert quickly into spearpoints and butchery tools.

Text by Matthew G. Hill, Iowa State University

Map of Iowa showing recorded early Paleoindian sites (11,100 - 10,450 B.C.): The Carlisle Cache and Rummells-Maske site are highlighted

Photograph of stone tools from the Carlisle Cache, as well as an image of the site.