Identifying Different types of Native American Arrowheads

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Identifying Different types of Native American Arrowheads
Identifying Different types of Native American Arrowheads

Identifying Different types of Native American Arrowheads

The following chart helps to identify the different types of Arrowheads made by early Native Americans.

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Clovis / Fluted Point – A Clovis / Fluted Point used for Spears (14,000 years ago). Characterized by its slim vertical shape and vertical flute up the center. Flutes are ‘grooves’ appearing in the central face of the Clovis

Archaic Side Notch – Archaic Side Notch (10,000 years ago). Characterized by its symmetrical shape and large side notches

Archaic Bifurcate – A Bifurcate Point (9,000 years ago). Characterized by its large divot in the center of the base and square or round lobes at the base

Archaic Dovetail – Archaic Dovetail (7,000 years ago). Characterized by its base that flairs out like the tail of a dove

Archaic Pentagonal – A Pentagonal Point (6,500 years ago). Characterized by its small base with straight sides that cut in to meet each other at the tip

Diagonal Notch – Archaic Diagonal Notch (6,000 years ago). Characterized by its straight base and deep narrow notches chipped at 90 degree angles.

Archaic Bottleneck – A Bottleneck Point (5,000 years ago). Characterized by its thin stemmed base and leaf shaped blade

Archaic Ashtabula – Ashtabula arrowhead (4,000 years ago). Characterized by its shoulders that flair up and out – found only in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Woodland Early Adena – Early Adena (3,000 years ago). Characterized by its round stemmed base that flairs out to the shoulders

Woodland Late Adena – Late Adena (2,000 years ago). Characterized by its broad blade and squared stemmed base that flairs out to the shoulders

Woodland Hopewell – A Hopewell Point (1,900 years ago). Characterized by its rounded bases and corner notches

Woodland Intrusive Mound – A Woodland Intrusive Mound (1,500 years ago). Characterized by for being narrow and having a flat straight base with sharp barbs at their notches

Mississippian Triangle – A Mississippian Triangle Point (1,000 years ago). Characterized by its triangular shape and small size

Source: warpaths2peacepipes

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