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  • Stringtown Lance

    Plano - Late Paleo, 7,000 B.C. - 8,000 B.C.

    Converse (Ohio Flint Types) Gives the following description:

    "Stemmed Lanceolates are from the late Paleo Indian period called Plano. They appear to be Lanceolate Points on which the first hafting designs were developed and may be among the earliest of all points with a basal alteration to accommodate a shaft. Many have only slightly pronounced shoulders, a feature which in some appears to be the result of heavy grinding of the stem. Basal grinding varies from slight to heavy. Although Stemmed Lanceolates are always found with their unstemmed counterparts, this type is not found as often on quarry and workshop-related sites in east central Ohio. They are found on many scattered sites from the upper Ohio River Valley to eastern Indiana on sites which are located primarily from central Ohio northward.
    There are two varieties of the type, the Stemmed Lanceolate and the Stringtown type. The Stringtown, a rare type, is found in minor numbers on most Plano sites. It is characterized by a basal spur at one or both corners of the stem."

    Pictured are two Stringtown Lances in my collection. The complete point is from Knox county Ohio, it measures 3" long and is made from Delaware Chert (found in 2000). The second, unfortunately broken, is from Mercer County PA and is made from Flint Ridge. The second pic is a close up of the basal spurs.
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    Photos and text courtesy of paohrocks
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