Point Type: NEVILLE
Also See: Adena Robbins, Bare Island , Duncan's Island, Genesee , Heavy Duty , Merrimack, Morrow Mountain, Muncy Bifurcate, Newmanstown, Savannah River, Stanly , Stone Square Stemmed
Location: New England, including, Southern New York, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania
Associated Dates: 7000 - 6000 B.P. - Archaic
General Description: The Neville is
a small dart point with straight to
slightly convex blade
edges and generally
with a sharp, well-executed tip. Shoulders are markedly defined and can
be square (90 degree) to obtuse. A few examples exhibit slight barbs. The stem is predominantly contracting with a truncated basal
edge, some specimens may have a straight to slightly expanding stem. The basal edge can be straight to slightly concave or convex, oblique or rarely lightly notched
The Neville is overall a well-made sturdy point. Dincauze proposed it equates to a degree with the Stanly point whos range of distribution is farther to the south and west. The Neville was found with points having a Stark-like stem which are approximately the same age.
The Neville type is mainly made with local finely grained igneous rocks, quartz, argillite, quartzite and chalcedonies. The size ranges from 19 mm to 64 mm in length with the average being 38 mm.
The Neville point type was named by Dena F. Dincauze in 1976 for points she found at The Neville Site (once owned by John Neville) at Amoskeg, Manchester, New Hampshire.
About the Point Above: The highly reworked point pictured at the top of this page, is a surface find from farmer Knapp's fields, near Frosh Pond, Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. This point is made from a white fine grained quartz that has some iron oxide staining. Overall the point is 51 mm in length, is 26 mm wide at the shoulders, and the stem is 19 mm long. The point has had its tip reworked to the extent that is almost is a rounded scraper. Additionally the edge of the base has a chip probably from the plow. The point is quite thick and measures 13.9 mm at mid blade. This thickness is probably due to the difficulties in knapping the quartz material and perhaps that the blade was probably much larger in its original size. Catalog Number 48-8-B
References: Dragoo (e), Fogelman, Hranicky (1), Justice (1), Overstreet, Perino (2)
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