Name Details:
Named By: Robert Leslie
Named For:  Carlsbad, New Mexico
Date Identified:  1978
Type Site:
Cluster: Cienega Cluster

Commonly Utilized Material:

 3,000 - 1,600 B.P.
Transitional Archaic to            
Neoglacial to Roman Warm

Cultural Period:             
Glacial Period:   

Outline is Representative of Common Size and Shape:

Description of Physical Characteristics and Flaking Pattern:

This is a small to medium triangular corner notch point with an elliptical cross section.  The blade may vary from excurvate to straight.  Notches primarily enter the blade from the corners of the preform.  The notches enter the deeply into the blade creating a narrow neck.  The shoulders are barbed, re-sharpened examples have a reduced to absent barb.  The shoulder may vary from having a strong barb to having a slight upward angle.  The stem is expanding with a convex base.  This point has a random flaking pattern.    

Size Measurements:  Total Length - 33 to 65 mm,  Stem Length - 10 to 14 mm,  Blade Width - 17 to 32 mm,  Neck Width - 7 to 13 mm,  Stem Width - 10 to 17 mm.


























































Distribution Comments:

This point is primarily found in the Carlsbad region of New Mexico including the Guadalupe and Sacramento Mountains in that region.  This point has been found into the El Paso region with decreased frequency.

Similar Points:
Armargosa, Black Mesa, Cienega, Dolores, Guadalupe, San Pedro
Related / Associated Points:
Additional Comments:

Other Websites with Detailed Information:

This point is similar to the Tularosa Corner Notch point.  However this point generally has more of a convex base and a narrower neck than the Tularosa point.

Pictures Provided By:
Kristen Thomas

References: (See Reference Page, Entry Number):

23, 30, 39
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Point Validity:  Valid Type

Leslie is a professional archaeologist who has conducted studies into the Jornada - Mogollon cultures of southeastern New Mexico and into Texas.  This type was named in a professional publication and this type has limited professional references.  This is considered a valid type.























Age Details:
Carlsbad Projectile Point, Carlsbad Arrowhead