Rossville: Top Row: rhyolite, quartz, quartz, quartz, quartz; Bottom Row: quartz, quartz, quartz, quartz, quartzite.
Type Tapering Middle Woodland
The Rossville is a medium sized, thin, well made point with semi-prominent shoulders, a contracting stem, and pointed or rounded base.
The Rossville point dates to the first half of the Middle Woodland period, 500 BCE to 400 CE.
The Rossville point is similar to the Piscataway type, but larger and wider, with a larger stem. Some researchers believe that the Piscataway and Rossville types are the same and date to the Middle Woodland period (Dent 1995). Rossville is the last in the series of point types of the tapering base tradition that started five thousand years earlier with Morrow Mountain I.
Defined in Literature
This type was originally described by Ritchie (1961 revised 1971) and further defined by Stephenson (1963) based on points recovered from the Accokeek Creek Site in Maryland.