Potts: all quartzite.
Yadkin Eared: Top Row: all quartz; Bottom Row: tuff, tuff, rhyolite, quartzite, rhyolite.
Type Corner Notched Middle Woodland
The Potts is a small triangular shaped, finely flaked, corner notched point with a slightly concave base.
The Potts point dates to the Middle Woodland period, 500 to 1000 CE. Walselkov (1982) found similar points at the White oak Point Site associated with Mockley and Nomini Ceramic wares in components radiocarbon dated to 860 +/-60 and 880 +/-60 CE.
The Potts point is very similar to the eared Yadkin described by Coe from examples found at the Doerschuk Site in North Carolina. Egloff (1988) described a variant of the Potts point from the Croaker Landing Site along the York River in Virginia that he referred to as side notched. Waselkov (1982) also identified a type similar to the Potts point which he called Nomini side notched. In general, small triangular points that are corner to side notched occur during the late Middle Woodland Period. Potts points are very common in the Coastal Plain of Virginia.
Defined in Literature
McCary described the Potts point from his work at the Potts Site along the Chickahominy River in Virginia. However, he didn’t formally define the type.
Updated: July 23, 2018