An Exceptional Lost Lake
by Tim Guyse
|Central States Archaeological Societies 2009
Pictured below is a truly exceptional Lost Lake point from Lawrence County,
Alabama. It was found about 10 miles southeast of Florence, Alabama near
the small city of Town Creek by a farmhand in 1981. He immediately took
it to a local restaurant known as the “Arrowhead Den,” which
had frames of artifacts
displayed on the walls. He exchanged the point for that days lunch and
twenty dollars. It is made of a Fort Payne chert, and exhibits a different
color of patination on each side.
The average length of the Lost Lake poinstyle ranges from 2- 3 ¼ inches,
making this point all the more extraordinary. These points were named by
James Cambron and David Hulse after the Lost Lake area in Limestone County,
Alabama, where many have been found. They are all found on pre-shell mound
sites, associating them with the Early Archaic Period. They are part of
what has been called the Kirk Corner notch cluster, a group of Early Archaic
points that range throughout the Southeast and Carolina Piedmont regions.
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