The point was found in 2011 in central Fairfax County, Virginia. The artifact was recovered when young boys were digging into the clay in a local stream bottom. In 2019 the family reported it to local archeologist, Patrick O’Neill, who directed them to retired Fairfax County Archeologist, Mike Johnson, whose research specialty is the Paleoamerican period. Near the end of 2019, a trip was made by Johnson and fellow Paleoindian specialist Dr. Bruce Bradley, to inspect the point in person. They both agreed this was a spectacular authentic find of a Paleoindian time period artifact, and that it deserved futher attention from the archaeology community. The original was sent to Occoquan Paleotechnics for molding and casting, and taken by Michael Frank to compare with reference collections in the Smithsonian's Paleoindian Lab. Both Michael Frank and Catherine Kinsley Hill concluded there, that this artifact fit most closely with the collections and materials from the area of New York.
The point is made of dark chert with a greenish tint. It could be dark Normanskill chert from Central New York. Technologically, it resembles Barnes-like points from the Lamb site near Buffalo, New York. Lamb was excavated by R. Michael Gramly (1999) and the points cast by Pete Bostrom. The Scott point also resembles Redstone points from the Southeastern Coastal Plain (see Albert Goodyear 2006). Due to its geographical location, it could indicate interaction between the two regions during the late fluted point period.
The point’s superior craftmanship is distinctive. It is exceptionally thin for its size with a 6.3:1 maximum width, thickness ratio (WTR) and a 9.25:1 WTR in the flutes. It is 130 mm. long (5.25+ in.) by 37 mm. wide (3.5+ in.). Its most distinguishing characteristics are its long flutes: one being almost full-length and the other almost half the point’s length. Final lateral flaking appears to be finely controlled percussion followed by percussion/pressure edge straightening.
This amazing find was donated to the scientific community by the famiily, to Fairfax County archaeology in 2020. (cast copyright Occpaleo 2020) Thank you to Mike Johnson for initial examination and text provided here.