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NANTICOKE TRIANGULAR POINT
SIZE: Nanticoke Triangular points range from 27-53 mm in length, 11-22 mm in width and 3-7 mm in thickness. The majority are between 30 and 45 mm-, in length.
SHAPE: The modal lateral edge configuration is convex, but it can vary to straight or concave, while the base is usually concave. Convex bases do occur commonly.
FLAKING: Irregular complete bifacial flaking characterizes the majority of these points; however, some examples display total secondary retouch over one face and only edge retouch on the other.
RAW MATERIAL: Onondaga chert was the favoured material for their production, but some Kettle Point and Selkirk specimens have been recorded.
DISTRIBUTION: These triangular points are found from Kent County in the west to east of Toronto and north into Simcoe county.
AGE AND CULTURAL AFFILIATIONS: Nanticoke Triangular points were in use among prehistoric Neutral and Huron groups between c.1400-1600 A.D. As with the Nanticoke Notched form, most were manufactured by Neutral knappers; however, some appear to have been produced from Onondaga chert on certain Southern Division Huron villages.
REMARKS: This long isosceles triangular form may have continued in vogue to the east slightly longer than among the Neutral to the west, as it occurs on village sites such as Beeton and McKenzie. Nanticoke Triangular points are so similar in size and shape to the Nanticoke Notched form that many may have been intended as preforms for the latter.
REFERENCE: Fox, W.A. - 1981 Nanticoke Triangular Points. KEWA 81-4. ( Text of Original Publication )
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