Native American, southeastern United States, Arkansas, Cahokia Mounds (sometimes called Mound Builders), Mississippian culture, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A hand-knapped white chert point of an elongated ovoid form with a shallow midrib along the length, sharpened edges, a thick butt end, and a pointed tip, all very similar to those found in the famous "mound 72" at Cahokia Mounds. Points like this one are found as ceremonial offerings in the large platform and burial mounds that characterize this culture. Within mound 72, many of these points were found around the head of a very elite individual - just part of the offering given to him in death, which also included fine copper goods, mica, and the remains of dozens of sacrificed men and women. Size: 2.25" W x 10.125" H (5.7 cm x 25.7 cm); 10.5" H (26.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection
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Minor nicks to blade edges, both faces, and butt end, with light encrustations, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Old catalog information of "159" and "Arkansas" written on verso of butt in black ink.