Lithic Materials

This site is proposed as a reference to characterize the known lithic materials of Mississippi. In addition to this site, the Surface Geology staff has published a map of the sources of lithic materials: Fact Sheet 3: Mississippi’s Native Lithic Material Sources Map. Discussions of anthropology are avoided except where absolutely necessary. Thus, it is important for the reader to understand this site does not indicate occurrences of lithic materials, only the sources of lithic materials that may occur anywhere in the state. Some of these materials may have been traded in from sources outside of Mississippi such as Arkansas Novaculite. It is the task of the archaeologist to identify the source of the lithic materials found on any site. Click the links below to see more information and photograph of a particular lithic material. Click on the photographs to view them in high resolution.


Authors: Starnes, J., Segrest, B., and Leard, J.
Published: May 2019
Updated: Dec 2023

A significant update to verbage was implemented June 2023.

Cockfield Quartzite Pictures were added Dec 2023.