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Culture(s) Folsom
Temporal Period Late Paleo-Indian Period


Small, fully-fluted lanceolate point


Justice 1995
Basal Shape: Concave
Hafting Modification: Fluting
Edge Shape: Lanceolate
Other Notes:

  • Occasional slightly recurved or waisted base
  • Straight to slightly flared basal ears (Figgins 1934)
  • Remnant fluting platform 'nipple' is sometimes present
  • Maximum width above midpoint


Source Justice 1995
Length Range 30 - 80 mm
Most 30 - 50 mm
Width Range 16 - 28 mm
Thickness no data
W/L Ratio no data


Technological Notes

Justice 1995:

Geographic Distribution

Justice 1995:

Map of sites where Folsom specimens have been reported

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Note: In the interest of protecting our shared cultural heritage from those who would do it harm, intentional or otherwise, only approximate site locations are provided here.

Temporal-Cultural Affiliation

Paleo-Indian Period (circa 9000 BC to 8000 BC) (Haynes 1964; Judge 1973)

Archaeological Contexts

Notable Sites/Components

Site Name Start End
Agate Basin Site
Barger Gulch Site
Blackwater Draw Site 9500 BC 9000 BC
Cooper Site
Folsom Site
Hanson Site 9000 BC 8500 BC
Hell Gap Site
Husdon-Meng Site
Kincaid Shelter Site
Lake Ilo Site
Lake Theo Site
Lindenmeier Site
Linger Site
Lipscomb Site
Lubbock Lake Site
Lucy Site
Machaffie Site
Powars Site
Red Smoke Site
Sandia Cave Site
Scottsbluff Bison Quarry Site
Wasden Site

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