Also See: Adena – Dickson, Alachua, Cypress Stemmed, Elora, Gary, Hardee Beveled, Hillsborough, Levy, Marion, Morrow Mountain, Oauchita, Putnam
Location: Southern Southeastern United States
Associated Dates: 5400 – 3000 B.P. – MiddleArchaic to Late Archaic
General Description: The Newnan is a large spear point or knife. It has a narrow contracting stem and a triangular blade with inversely tapered acute barbs. The blade edge is straight to excurvate. The shoulders are broad and angular with the junction between the stem and the base of the barbs being acute. The stem is narrow and contracted and has rounded basal corners or a straight basal edge. The cross section of the point is biconvex.
The distribution range of the Newnan point type ranges from southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and northern Florida. The Newnan is probably closely related to the Hillsborough point type, the Marion Point type, and the Alachua point type which all may be a variants of the Newnan type and could be members of the Newnan Cluster.
The typical Newnan point measures 70 mm long, 46 mm wide across the barbs and is 7 mm thick with a 15 mm wide stem that is 15 mm long. The Newnan point was named by Ripley P. Bullen in 1968 for points that were found near Newnan’s Lake in Alachua County, Florida.
About the Point Above: The small Newnan point pictured at the top of this page was found Georgia. The point is made from a dull grayish-tan chert that has light cream colored inclusions. The blade is very thin and well made with fine retouch along the blade edges. Overall, the point measures 55 mm in length, is 41 mm wide across the shoulders, and is only 7 mm thick in mid blade. The stem is 18 mm long and contracts from 19 mm down to 10 mm in width. This specimen is probably highly reworked and was resharpened to its present form. Catalog Number 132-51-L