Artifact of the Week: Dalton cluster Projectile Point

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This projectile point was found during archeological testing at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2007.

This point is referred to as auriculate because of its two drooping ears. The point is also serrated and appears to have been re-sharpened numerous times.

This artifact most closely resembles a type of point known as Greenbrier, which is part of the Dalton point cluster. These types of points date to the Late or Transitional Paleo-Indian, approximately 10,000 years before present. This represents one of the earliest phase of habitation at Moccasin Bend, which has nearly 12,000 years of continuous human occupation.