LATE STAGE DALTON
HOWARD COUNTY, MISSOURI
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This broken base of a late stage Dalton preform was found
Arnett, near Boonville, Missouri in Howard County.
because it relates to fluting technology and
illustrates that some
Dalton points were fluted.
Dalton point was broken when it was struck on the base
in an attempt
to drive off a long narrow channel flake. Instead
of thinning the
base by fracturing off the surface, the flute flake
dove or plunged
downward causing the point to break apart.
The remnant of a prepared
striking platform is clearly evident
on the base.
Dalton point base is made of good quality white chert
and measures 1
5/8 inches (4.1 cm) long, 1 1/8 inch (2.8 cm)
wide and 1/4 of an
inch (6 mm) thick.