St. Charles Point

Chapman (1975:254) notes that St. Charles points are found in Northeast and Southeast Missouri. The diagnostic feature of this artifact is the fact that the blade is ovoid shaped with finely made corner notches. Chapman notes that length averages from 95 mm with a few specimens as large as 150 to 180 mm. DeRegnaucourt (1991:124 - 131) notes that this artifact type is found in the Ohio and Indiana: he summarized the measurements from thirty-two specimens: Length = 37 to 135 mm, width = 25 to 50 mm, thickness = 7 to 12 mm and weight = 6.0 to 80.6 grams. Morrow (1984:69) notes that St. Charles points are found in eastern Iowa and associated with the Early Archaic Period (8000 to 6000 BC). Sandstrom and Ray (2004:24) note that St. Charles points are rare in southwest Missouri.

Broken St. Charles point from Graham Cave (23MT2).

Chapman, Carl
1975 The Archaeology of Missouri, I. University of Missouri Press, Columbia.

DeRegnaucourt, Tony
1991 A Field Guide to the Prehistoric Point Types of Indiana and Ohio. Upper Miami Valley Archaeological Research Museum, Ansonia, Ohio.

Morrow, Toby
1984 Iowa Projectile Points. Office of the Iowa State Archaeologist, Iowa City.

Sandstrom, Carl B., and Jack H. Ray
2004 A Point Identification Guide for Southwest Missouri. Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society, Springfield.


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