Re: projectile point

Donna Mcmaster (
18 Sep 1996 23:01:38 GMT

Bob Keeter ( wrote:
: joelberg (jennifer oelberger) wrote:
: >my name is jennifer oelberger and i am a junior history major at
: >haverford college in pennsylvania. we are in junior seminar right now, a
: >class in which we have to research a historical object. i received a
: >quartzite stemmed projectile point that is about 2 and 5/16" long, 1and
: >1/2" wide and about 7/16" thick at the thickest point. the stem is about
: >1/4 to 1/3 of the length. it has no provenance and so i do not know where
: >it originally came from, although i am guessing somewhere in north america.
: >i would love to hear anything you could lend to my very small amount of
: >knowledge about this wonderful piece of historical evidence.

: A couple of questions:

: 1. Is it really quartzite (a conglomeration of little fragments of quartz) or is
: it smokey or white quartz? If quartzite, I think it to be a fake. Quartzite is
: far too fragile for a useful point.

Quartzite points do appear in Minnesota and are thought to represent
expedient use of local raw materials. A stemmed quartzite point would be
something else again, I think. Good luck!