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    Orient Fishtails are a narrow point with broad side notching, which can be very shallow to moderate. Shoulders are rounded and may be poorly defined. Stems usually expand, and the base may be straight, slightly concave, or convex. These points take their name from Orient, NY, on the far eastern end of Long Island, where NYS archaeologist William Ritchie first excavated the type in a datable context. The points date Transitional Archaic-Early Woodland. They, like Susquehanna Broadpoints,
    are associated with the soapstone bowl industry. Some researchers regard Orients as the Susquehanna tradition applied to the narrow point tradition in the Northeast. In the minds eye, narrow a Broadpoint, and soften the shoulders and the result looks like an Orient.
    Ritchie's type description of Orient Fishtails:
    http://collections.nysm.nysed.gov/pr..._fishtail.html
    Description of fishtails from Maryland( Two types recognized: Orient and Drybrook):
    https://apps.jefpat.maryland.gov/dia...tailTypes.html
    Description from lithics-net:
    http://www.lithicsnet.com/orient.htm

    Three Orient Points from coastal Rhode Island. Left to right, rhyolite, purple felsite, quartzite:

    3 1/2" quartzite Orient Fishtail, Narragansett Bay, RI:

    4 1/2 " Orient from Newport, RI, quartzite, some damage to base:

    Very large 5 1/2" Orient-family blade. Old writing reads: Jacob Waterman. Providence Co., RI:

    Short stem variant of an Orient Fishtail point. From Ma.

      Orient Fishtails reworked as tools. Two examples on left reworked to exhaustion as likely perforators.
    Last example also retooled as a perforator:

    Two Orients reworked as drills. RI:

    Plymouth Co., Ma:

    Tiny end scraper, felsite, Kent Co., RI:
    Last edited by CMD; 11-09-2019, 04:30 PM.
    Rhode Island
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