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These points are quite old, dating back to the Archaic period, and are found throughout much of the eastern and southeastern parts of the United States, but are especially common along the Tennessee River Valley in northern Alabama and Tennessee. Big Sandy points are medium-sized and are typically shaped into elongated triangles. These points have distinctive, shallow side-notches that tend to be wider than they are deep (only one of which is still intact on the example pictured here), and in fact they represent one of the earliest types of Side-Notched projectile points in North America. The bottom edge of these points can vary greatly from nearly straight to concave to nearly bifurcated. Both the bottom edges and notches tend to be ground, whereas the blade edges tend to be beveled or even serrated.


8000 BCE- 1000 BCE


Projectile Point; Big Sandy Projectile Point; Archaic