"Dovetail" was found several years ago in Monroe County,
Missouri. Itís made of a glossy black chert that seems to be Pitkin
chert from Missouri. This point is beveled from resharpening and was most
probably used as a knife and originally would have had a short handle hafted to it.
ST. CHARLES POINTS
Charles points were first named by Edward G. Scully after St. Charles
County, Missouri where many examples have been found. Most of these points
appear to be knives that would have been hafted onto short handles made of
antler, bone or wood. They were resharpened when they became dulled or
broken by beveling the edge with a technique known as pressure flaking.
Pressure flaking can be done with an antler tine or a tool made from
copper or even with other materials.
This picture show a triple exposure of the original Monroe County "Dovetail" from which the cast was made.
two "Dovetail" points pictured here are typical examples of the
style found in southern Illinois. The one on the left was originally in the
Madison County Sutter collection and was most probably found in either
Madison or St. Clair Counties. It's made of Burlington chert and measures a
little over 3 3/4 inches long. It has been resharpened one or more times.
1985, "Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians
vol. 1", pp 332-333.