Projectile Point

Late Paleoindian period, about 10,000 years ago; Concord, Massachusetts; Material: red banded rhyolite; Length: 4.3 cm; Adams Tolman Collection, gift of Mrs. Adams Tolman (1990), #2249. Photograph by Jeff Boudreau.

This fluted projectile point is one of the earliest known artifacts in Concord. It is a small spear point, smaller than most Paleoindian points, perhaps used in the hunting of caribou by a passing hunter in a tundra environment that was in the process of changing to boreal (evergreen) forest.