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Noel Justice adds another regional guide to his series of important reference works that survey, describe, and categorize the projectile point and cutting tools used in prehistory by Native American peoples. This volume addresses the region of California and the Great Basin. Written for archaeologists and amateur collectors alike, the book describes over 50 types of stone arrowhead and spear points according to period, culture, and region. With the knowledge of someone trained to fashion projectile points with techniques used by the Indians, Justice describes how the points were made, used, and re-sharpened. His detailed drawings illustrate the way the Indians shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified. There are hundreds of drawings, organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The book also includes distribution maps and color plates that will further aid the researcher or collector in identifying specific periods, cultures, and projectile types.

About the Author

Noel D. Justice, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, is author of Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of the Midcontinental and Eastern United States (Indiana University Press).

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

List of Figures

List of Color Plates

List of Maps


Projectile Point Identification Key


Projectile Point Types and Type Clusters: The Organizational Concept for the Book; Illustration and Photography of Projectile Points; Metrical Classification of Projectile Points; Projectile Point Manufacture; Weapon Technology and Use; The Earliest Americans: Is There a

Pre-Clovis Occupation?

Projectile Point Type Descriptions

Clovis Cluster


Lanceolate Plano Cluster

Black Rock Concave Base

Great Basin Stemmed Cluster

Lake Mojave

Silver Lake

Borax Lake Cluster

Borax Lake Widestem

Stanislaus Broad Stem

Crescent Cluster

Lunate Crescent

Winged Crescent

Eccentric Crescent

Pinto Cluster


Gatecliff Split Stem

Humboldt Cluster


Buchanan Eared

Mendocino Concave Base

Northern Side Notched Cluster

Northern Side Notched

Sudden Side Notched

Pacific Coast Side Notched Cluster

Jalama Side Notched

Diablo Canyon Side Notched

Albion Head Side Notched

Big Valley Cluster

Big Valley Stemmed

Kelsey Creek Barbed

Cache Creek Corner Notched

Mayacmas Corner Notched

Rossi Cluster

Rossi Straight Stem

Rossi Expanding Stem

Martis Cluster

Martis Corner Notched

Foresthill Notched

Tuolumne Notched

Hot Creek Stemmed

Willits Cluster

Willits Side Notched

McGillivray Cluster

McGillivray Expanding Stem

Coastal Contracting Stemmed Cluster

Vandenburg Contracting Stem

Channel Islands Barbed

Houx Contracting Stem


Sierra Contracting Stem Cluster

Sierra Contracting Stem

Steamboat Lanceolate

Yosemite Contracting Stem

Norden Basal Notched

Gypsum Cluster


Elko Cluster

Elko Eared

Elko Corner Notched

Rosegate Cluster

Rose Spring Corner Notched

Eastgate Expanding Stem

Parowan Basal Notched

Need Cluster

Need Stemmed Lanceolate

Alamo Cluster

Alamo Stemmed

Contra Costa Cluster

Contra Costa Notched

Stockton Cluster

Stockton Parallel Stem

Stockton Notched Leaf

Stockton Corner Notched

Stockton Expanded Stem

Stockton Curve

Malaga Cove Cluster

Malaga Cove

Western Triangular Cluster


Bull Creek


Price Ranch Triangular

Desert Side Notched Cluster

Desert Side Notched

Sierra Side Notched

Delta Side Notched

Redding Side Notched

Bear River Side Notched

Panoche Side Notched

Rattlesnake Cluster

Rattlesnake Corner Notched

Clear Lake Corner Notched

Round Valley Corner Notched

Gunther Cluster

Gunther Barbed

Appendix: Table of Measurements

References Cited


Product Details

Justice, Noel D.
Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN
Military Science
Indians of north america
Projectile points.
Indians of North America -- California.
Projectile points -- California.
Science Reference-Technology
Anthropology; Archaeology; Reference
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 213
Publication Date:
57 bandw photos, 37 figures, 8 plates, 5
10 x 7 x 1.6 in

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