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  • Susquehanna Broadpoint

    Here is Wm. Ritchie's description of this Transitional Archaic point style from his New York State typology:
    Description from Maryland typology guide:
    These points are generally broad and thin. The blades are lanceolate to triangular, often distinctively lozenge-shaped, with beveled edges.
    These points, along with Orient Fishtail points, are closely associated with the soapstone bowl industry. Within the New England region, they are regarded as the product of a culture intrusive to the region, and originating in the Susquehanna Valley of Pa.
      Some fine examples from Pa. And NY:
    The first example is 41/2" in length, made of an attractive grade of felsite, and was found in Plymouth Co., Ma.

    Another large example made of chert from Danbury Co., Ct.

    From the coast of Narragansett Bay, RI, and made of Normanskill Flint from the Hudson Valley of NY.

    Also from RI, the material is rhyolite. It is a bit unusual in having a small side notch within the larger side notch typical of Susquehannas:

    Last edited by CMD; 11-09-2019, 04:27 PM.
    Rhode Island

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    Discussion of Susquehanna Broadpoints and the Broadpoint Tradition:
    Rhode Island


    • #3
      3 1/2" heavily patinated rhyolite Susquehanna from west central Rhode Island:

      Quartzite Susquehanna resharpened as a drill. Rhode Island coastal find:

      Well made small Broadpoint:
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      Rhode Island


      • #4
        An interesting essay regarding the appearance of the Broadpoint Tradition in New England: did it represent a cultural change, or an actual migration of new people into the area? This question has been debated for years....
        Rhode Island


        • #5
          Thanks for sharing all that Charlie
          South Dakota