This is one of
the best examples of a Cumberland point preform found to date. Itís
large size, the fact that itís a late stage preform and that it broke
during fluting makes it a valuable study piece. This point was found in
two pieces in Dickson County, Tennessee. It was broken during the first
attempt to remove a flute flake. The channel flake was struck or
pressured off a prepared platform located at the center of the base. The
fluted side was also skillfully prepared, prior to fluting, with uniform
pressure flaking. The opposite side has not yet received its final
reduction series of pressure flaking that would have removed most of the
still visible percussion flaking.
This picture shows both sides and an edge view of the original artifact. The fluted side on the left shows very nicely done pressure flaking and in contrast, the opposite side has an earlier stage percussion flaked pattern. The edge view shows the large channel flake scar, which measures 2 7/8 inches long.