Chapman (1975) does not include the Turkey Tail point type in his discussion of "types" found in Missouri. That is because this type is very uncommon in Missouri. Bell (1960:90 - 91) reports that the length ranges from 3 to 8 inches (75 to 200 mm) with most specimens measuring 6 inches (150 mm). DeRegaucourt summarizes measurements from sixteen specimens: Length = 48 to 113 mm, width = 21 to 40 mm, thickness = 6 to 9 mm and weight = 9.1 to 30.8 grams. Morrow (1984:91) notes that Turkey Tail points are uncommon throughout the USA and only a few have been discovered in eastern Iowa; he estimates the age of this tool type from 2000 to 500 BC.
Turkey tail point from the CC Field site (23TE1223).
Bell, Robert E.
1960 Guide to the identification of certain American Projectile Points, 2. Oklahoma Anthropological Society.
1975 The Archaeology of Missouri, I. University of Missouri Press, Columbia.
1991 A Field Guide to the Prehistoric Point Types of Indiana and Ohio. Upper Miami Valley Archaeological Research Museum, Ansonia, Ohio.
1984 Iowa Projectile Points. Office of the Iowa State Archaeologist, Iowa City.
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