Will’s Cove: rhyolite, tuff, tuff, tuff, tuff, quartz, chert.
Type Square Early Woodland
The Will’s Cove point is a long, narrow point, characterized by a small square stem, nearly square shoulders, slightly excurvate blade, collateral flaking, and median ridges on each face of the blade.
The Will’s Cove point has never been radiocarbon dated, but probably dates to the Early Woodland period, 1200 to 800 BCE. Bottoms believes that this point type dates from the Late Archaic or Early Woodland Period because of its surface association with temporally appropriate artifacts on shell midden sites.
Although Bottoms did not determine the geographic range of the point, he believed that most occurred in the southern Coastal Plain and Piedmont of Virginia. Examples have been identified from Southwest Virginia. Keel has described the Plott Short Stemmed, a similar point for western North Carolina, and places it in the Early Woodland period.
Defined in Literature
Bottoms defined the Will’s Cove point from examples found in Suffolk, Virginia, particularly at the Will’s Cove Shell Midden Site.