Monday, July 27, 2009

Making One More Point

At the risk of reiterating the same point, and wearing out readers' patience with more artless puns, I offer this last point.

Probable Calvert projectile point, Lot #669.

Made from a gray quartzite, this small stemmed point appears to be a Calvert projectile point, a type that may span several periods, from the Late Archaic into the Middle Woodland. It measure 0.9" (22 mm) long by 0.55" (14 mm) wide, and is 0.26" (7 mm) thick. It has an impact fracture; which is to say, the tip broke off, probably on impact, suggesting a projectile point rather than a hafted knife blade.

This piece came from the same context as the yellow jasper point that I wrote about yesterday. Unlike that piece, however, this point easily could have been made from locally available material.


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