Here are three photos of a new display of artifacts at the New Berlin Public Library and Museum. Among the more interesting artifacts is a small black fluted point dating to the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. The point is very similar (but not identical) to some points which appeared in Ted Whitney’s (1977) article “Fluted Points from the Chenango Area.” Chenango Chapter NYSAA Bulletin 17(1): 1-13. Unfortunately, the display case does not include any information about where any of the artifacts came from or even who donated them to the library.
To date over a dozen fluted points have been reported in the Unadilla Valley; one of the highest density of such finds in New York State. No intact archaeological sites from this period have been found in the area, and it remains unclear if these Ice Age hunters were just passing through or if they were spending more time in the New Berlin area. If anyone has ever found other fluted points like these in the Unadilla drainage I'd love to hear about it!