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This stone tool is known as a Nodena Point. These willow-leaf shaped (i.e. excurvate-bladed) date to the Late Mississippian and proto-Historic periods (ca. 1400 - 1700 CE) and are found throughout much of the Mississippi Valley, although they appear to cluster in the area of modern Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. Typically averaging 2-6 cm in length, Nodena Points are manufactured using a combination of percussion and general pressure flaking techniques, and are then finished by means of a refined pressure flaking. The standard Nodena point is oval-shaped or, sometimes, tear drop-shaped: the form’s widest section is located near the midpoint of the blade, which then tapers to a point at both top and bottom. The proximal end (or haft region) is not differentiated on these forms and can be difficult to discern


1400- 1700


Stone Tool; Nodena Point; Mississippian