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Most finer-grained stone, which allows minute pressure flaking to straighten and sharpen a point’s sides, had to come by trade from the fall line and beyond. Projectile points were hafted onto arrows or spears, depending on the size of the points. 10, onto a piece of antler to make a useful knife. This specimen, made of fine-grained chert and showing pressure flaking along the edges, comes Fig. 9. Late Woodland projectile points. Courtesy of VDHR. 24 Before and After Jamestown Fig. 10. Stone knife hafted onto an antler handle, from a site in western Virginia.
They ate nuts in large quantities; a lot of the seeds of little barley (Hordeum pusillum), a field plant that many Eastern Indian Life in the Late Woodland Period (ca. 1500) Fig. 5. Excavating the trash pit’s other half. Courtesy of VDHR. 19 20 Before and After Jamestown Fig. 6. Carbonized maize from the Trigg site in western Virginia. Courtesy of VDHR. Woodland Indians apparently encouraged but did not fully cultivate; and corn, probably with beans and squash, since the three plants were so closely associated in the sensibilities of historical Woodland people.
That method was guerilla warfare, a kind of competition that better allowed for the individual shows of prowess that the Powhatans are known to have valued among their people. Great deeds by individuals were rewarded with prestige and also with new personal names, culture traits found widely and therefore probably very anciently in native North America. Early seventeenthcentury Powhatan men fighting in small raiding parties in order to earn new names were very likely following a male imperative that went many generations back into the Late Woodland period.