Point Type: SOUTHAMPTON
Also See: Buzzard Roost Creek, Holmes, Kanawha, Oxbow, Rice Lobbed, St. Albans, Stanly Narrow
Location: Eastern United States - Especially Virginia
8000 - 7000 B.P. - Early Archaic
General Description: The Southampton is a medium to large sized, narrow, thick, bifurcated stemmed point. The blade is long and narrow and the stem has very shallow bifurcate lobes which create a concave base. The basal lobes can be expanding. The bases are usually ground. The shoulders are usually rounded which is probably the result of reworking and resharpening. The basal grinding may suggest that the type's time frame is early in the bifurcate continuum. The Southampton was primarily found in the Virginia area and is typically made from local lithic material and most specimens are quartz or quartzite. The point type was named in 1988 by Wm Jack Hranicky and William A. Thompson.
About the Point Above: The point pictured above is a small Southampton point. This specimen is made from quartzite which has dark speckled inclusions. The point measures 38 mm in length, 24 mm at the widest point (across the barbs) and is 9 mm thick at mid blade. The hafting area thins down to 6 mm in thickness at the base and the stem is 17 mm wide at the widest point and is 14 mm long. This point was found at Knapp's Farm, near Frosh Pond, Fairfield County, Stratford, Connecticut. Catalog Number 45-5-B
References: Hranicky, Overstreet
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