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Benton Broad Stemmed points have excurvate (or rounded) blade edges that taper to a noticeably acute distal end (or point). As befits the name, they also have very broad and short stems which appear to have been formed by removing the corners of the point’s original basal edge. Both the blade and the stem were first formed through a process of broad, shallow, random flaking to create the underlying shape of the point. The edges of both blade and stem then underwent a process of broad retouching to achieve the desired finish. Benton Broad Stemmed points date to the Archaic Period and are a geographically restricted type of projectile point, appearing only in the area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and (northern) Alabama.


4000 BCE- 2000 BCE


Stone Tool; Benton Broad Stemmed Point; Archaic