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These triangular points are found throughout the eastern regions of North America, and they date from the Late Woodland Period (ca. 800 BCE) to the end of the Late Mississippian Period (ca. 1540 CE) and into the early Historic era. Madison points are on average 1.5 - 3 cm in length, and appear to have been made using rough percussive techniques as well as fine pressure flaking, often (though apparently not always) in combination. These points typically have very straight edges, but some variants can be slightly excurvate-shaped. The bases (or proximal ends) of this type of point tend to be flat, although some are slightly concave in appearance. Madison Points are always widest at their bases. Madison Points, many of which were uncovered at the site of Chucalissa, belong to a larger family of lithics known as the Late Woodland / Mississippian Triangular Cluster.


1540 CE


Stone Tool; Madison Point; Mississippian