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This is a Simpson point generally considered to be dating from the Early Archaic period (11,500 – 7,800 BP). This type of point is very rare and believed to be among the most ancient of chert points in this area. The Simpson type has a distinctive lance head-like shape with an exceptionally recurvate point and a pronounced incurvate base area. Simpson points characteristically have extreme width-to-thickness ratio (ca. 12:1 up to 21:1); large and broadly expanding percussion flaking along the mid-lateral blade which have been 3/4 shot flaked as a thinning method; and exceptional recurvation, making the constricted base area ill-suited for projectile propulsion. Therefore, it is generally believed to be a knife rather than a projectile point (Dunbar, James S. 2016. Paleoindian Societies of the Coastal Southeast. Gainesville, FL: University Presses of Florida.).