Brewerton Eared

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Culture(s) Middlesex Complex
Temporal Period Middle and Late Archaic


Broad, medium-sized trianguloid point with rounded basal 'ears' and slight to no shoulders.


(Ritchie 1971)
Basal Shape: Concave to straight
Hafting Modification: slight or no notching
Edge Shape: Excurvate or near straight
Basal Shape: Concave to straight
Other Notes:

  • Basal ears occasionally ground


Source Ritchie 1971 Prindle 2012
Length 7/8" - 2 1/8"
(most 1 1/16 - 1 1/5")
Range 19 to 64 mm
Mean 38 +/- 9 mm
Width no data Range 14 to 29 mm
Mean 21 +/- 4 mm
Thickness no data no data
WL Ratio no data W/L 0.57 +/- 0.17
Edge Angle no data no data


Technological Notes

  • Brewerton Corner-Notched, Brewerton Side-Notched and Brewerton Eared projectile points represent different stages in the life-cycle of the same general point form. Reworking of the blade edges through time decreases the prominence of the shoulder barbs on corner-notched specimens creating a side-notched appearance. Further reduction of the blade edge reduces the overall width of the blade, while the basal segment of the point remains protected from modification within the hafting arrangement. As a consequence, heavily-retouched Brewerton points may develop blades narrower than the base, giving the impression of over-sized basal 'ears' and creating the point form commonly identified as Brewerton Eared.[Citation Needed]

Geographical Distribution

  • Central and eastern New York State and southern New England (Ritchie 1971:18)

Temporal-Cultural Affiliation

Map of sites where Brewerton Eared specimens have been reported

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