Spear Point and Base

Early Archaic period, about 9,000 to 8,000 years ago; Sudbury, Massachusetts; On left: Material: gray argillite; Length: 3.6 cm; On right: Material: gray chert; Length: 2.5 cm; Adams Tolman Collection, gift of Mrs. Adams Tolman (1990). Photograph by Jeff Boudreau.

These spear points are a type known as Hardaway Side-Notched. Early Archaic artifacts of this type are rare in Massachusetts. The pointed tip of the one on the right had been broken off.