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More commonly spelled "arrowhead," archaeologists refer to arrowheads as projectile points. Arrowheads are prehistoric hafted (indented) pointed objects of worked stone that are generally attached to the end of an arrow or a spear. These points can be made from a range of raw lithic (stone) materials, including chert, obsidian, petrified wood, and occasionally bone.

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"Hohokam arrowhead in situ in Sahuarita, Arizona, January 12, 2014" by S1LENCE D00600D is licensed under CC BY-SA.