Buck Taylor

Archaeological Culture: Protohistoric, Historic, Yavapai

Geographical Range: Central Arizona, from the Grand Canyon to the Flagstaff area, and occasionally as far south as the Phoenix Basin.

Date Range: A.D. 1400 – 1800 (Justice 2002).

Size: Lyndon (2005:91) – Average: 2.97 mm thick, 13.25 mm wide.

Shape: Isosceles to equilateral triangle; deep concave base; side-notched.

Cross-section: Flattened biconvex or planoconvex.

Base: Markedly concave, u-shaped; prominent ears; ears can have parallel margins.

Flaking: Pressure; random.

Notching: Single or multiple paired v- to wide u-shaped notches usually above the ears, but occasionally on the ears as well.

Materials: Obsidian, chert, petrified wood, basalt, and agate.

Other Names: Pai

Comments: Culturally diagnostic of Yavapai occupations (Lyndon 2005:92).

Comparisons; Short examples are similar to White Mountain Side-notched points. Single-notched varieties resemble Desert Side-notched, but with a deep basal concavity, rather than a basal notch.

Compiled from the following sources:
Justice, Noel D. (2002) Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points of the Southwestern United States. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Lyndon, Michael G. (2005) Projectile Points as Indicators of Preceramic Occupation of the Coconino Plateau. M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

Compiled by:
Meghann M. Vance, Northern Arizona University Anthropology Laboratories