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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Point guide alphabetical

Waubesa/Dickson

July 12, 2014

Waubesa Contracting Stem points were first recognized at sites near Lake Waubesa, near Madison, Wisconsin. The Dickson Broad Blade variant was subsequently recognized for Illinois. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Adena, Belknap, Dickson, Gary, and possibly Mountain Morrow. They are…

Steuben/McCoy/Monona

July 12, 2014

Steuben Expanded Stemmed points were first defined at the Steuben site in Illinois. McCoy Corner-Notched points are named after the Silver Creek Site I within the bounds of Fort McCoy in the La Crosse River valley of west-central Wisconsin. Monona…

St. Charles

July 12, 2014

This point type was named after examples found in central Illinois and eastern Missouri. The type site is the Gronefeld site, St. Charles County, Missouri. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Dovetail, Plevna, and Circle-top. Age: 10,000 to 8,000 B.P. Distribution: St.…

Raddatz/Osceola

July 12, 2014

These points are named after specimens found at the Raddatz Rockshelter site, Sauk County, Wisconsin, the Osceola site in Grant County, Wisconsin, and at the Airport site near Madison, Wisconsin. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Godar. Osceola points are very…

Preston Corner-Notched

July 12, 2014

This type was defined on the basis of type specimens from the Preston Rockshelter site in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Monona Stemmed, Merom Expanding Stem, Trimble Side-Notched (Wabash Valley), Springly (west-central Illinois). Age: 3,500…

Madison Triangular

July 12, 2014

This point type was first named in an unpublished guide to central Mississippi Valley projectile point types based on examples found at the Cahokia site and in St. Clair and Madison counties, Illinois. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Triangular, Fresno,…

Durst Stemmed

July 12, 2014

This type is named after the Durst Rockshelter site in Sauk County, Wisconsin. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Durst Stemmed points resemble Table Rock points. They are a regional variant of the Lamoka type cluster found throughout the northeastern United…

Clovis

July 12, 2014

This is the oldest known point type found in North America. This spear point is named after Clovis, New Mexico, where it was found with extinct mammoth bones at Locality 1 of the Blackwater Draw site. Clovis points have also…

Cahokia

July 12, 2014

The Cahokia point type is named after the major Middle Mississippian Cahokia site near St. Louis. Other Possible Names or Related Points: Grant Side-Notched and Prairie du Sac Notched in southwestern Wisconsin. Cahokia counterparts on the Plains are Washita, Harrel, and…

Agate Basin

July 12, 2014

This type is named after points found at the Agate Basin site complex in eastern Wyoming. Excavations at this well-stratified site produced multiple point types, including a Folsom–Agate Basin–Hell Gap sequence, each associated with discrete beds of extinct bison bones.…