Name: Ripley Bullen named the Simpson point for examples from the J. Clarence Simpson collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Age: Identified as the Fishtail point in Central America, the Simpson point is generally considered to be part of the Late Paleoindian period dating to at least 10,000 radiocarbon years BP.

Description: The Simpson point is easily identified by its wide blade and incurvate halfting area. The basal edge is incurvate and smoothed. The ears of the basal edge often flare out, making the waisted halfting area even more exaggerated. The blade often displays a short flute.  Resharpening generally takes place along the excurvate blade edges causing them to be straightened while the blade length is maintained.


Distribution: A recent survey identified nearly one hundred Simpson points throughout Georgia, or about one-third the number of Clovis points. Like other Late Paleoindian period points, the Simpson type is predominately found along the rivers of Georgia and Florida.