Mar 27, 2012, 04:46 PM
Question on arrowheads and timelines?
Most of what I have read shows the bow and arrow came to America around the Mississippian era. Why is it that there are Dalton points small as a nickel? Wasn't the Dalton period before the Archaic and Woodland Period? Wouldn't the really small Dalton points suggest that they were used for arrows instead of spears or atlatl darts? Curious as to other's thoughts on this.
Mar 27, 2012, 04:53 PM
Thats a great point, occassionally see very small fluted points also! According to the experts, the bow has only been around in North America for approx. 2000 years
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Mar 27, 2012, 10:49 PM
Reposted for Old Digger.
There have been different opinions as to when and how the change between the paleo era and arcadic era. Some believe that the change to the bow and arrow was a quick change and others believe that it was a slower process. The paleo hunters, while mostly used the larger projectiles on the larger game like the mammoth and Bison "antiquitis". Then there was a mixture of use
Mar 27, 2012, 11:39 PM
First, I would need to see this Dalton Point you speak of. I have never heard of a Dalton Point that little being Early Archaic and usually carrying a 1/2" up to 1" stemmed base. I have seen extremely small and fine lance Points that small. Never a Dalton. Are you sure you have Typology correct. It could be a early woodland piece and typed a bird point. As to your question for the period a Dalton was made it was Early Archaic to Middle Archaic. The time frames represented in RiverRats display show current accepted time-frames based on Carbon dating sites. Right now though those time-frames are being added onto as new discoveries are re-writing them. The time-frames represented are not accurate as Early Archaic has a timeframe of 6000 to 8000 BP(Before Present)............................If you have that point I would love to see it as it would be the smallest Dalton I and alot of people have ever seen!!!!...........................Here is a link to the Olive Branch Site Daltons and there time represent 9500 to 10,500BP......Dalton Point From The Olive Branch Site ...............................Hope this Helps..............GTP
Mar 28, 2012, 12:51 AM
Would some of these not be considered Daltons?:
Also from your link: These points can range in size from less than an inch to one famous example that was reported to have been 15 inches long.
Last edited by SwampHunter; Mar 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM.
Mar 28, 2012, 02:25 AM
Probably most points over 3 inches were used as knives. Smaller points have a lot better penetration. The tiny Lecroy points would have been a good penetrator !
Mar 28, 2012, 10:01 AM
Absolutely from the top row- left to right(1st,2nd,5th,6th) and second row 2nd from left. They definitely look like Daltons. Nice finds!!!!! To answer your question I believe that those would have been used as Atlatl darts..................JMO............GTP
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