STEMMED FLUTED "FISHTAIL" POINT

BELIZE

PETE BOSTROM COLLECTION

   This stemmed fluted "Fishtail" point was found several years ago on the bank of the New River Lagoon in northern Belize, next to the Mayan site of Lamanai. Only one or two other Stemmed Fluted points have been recorded to date from Belize. This point is a nice example of a fairly rare Paleo-Indian point form that are generally known as Fishtail Projectile Points. Although this example seems to be wider and thinner than points illustrated from sites like Fell's Cave or El Inga. It's possible that it was made to be used as a knife rather than a projectile point.   This "Fishtail" point is fluted on both sides beyond the length of the stem. It was thinned with large wide percussion flakes that overlap in the center.   This point is very heavily patinated with a chalky surface. It's made of a yellowish white opaque chert and measures 3 inches long and 2 1/8 inches wide.

 

Fluted Stemmed Fishtail Point from Belize.

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