Desert (Side-Notched Series)
Associated Dates: c.1000 - 100 Y.B.P.
General Description: The Desert Side-Notched Series was first defined by Baumhoff and Byrne (1959:37), and encompasses four subtypes: General, Sierra, Delta and Redding (cf. Thomas 1981). Of these, the General and Sierra sub-types are common in the Great Basin cultural area. Desert Side-Notched points are small triangular forms with straight blade margins, markedly flaring or expanding bases, and variable basal margin treatment. Thomas (1981:27) concludes that the subtypes need not be distinguished for the Desert Side-Notched Series to function as a valid temporal type.
ABOVE: DESSNS01, DESSNS02: Desert Delta Examples
General Subtype Desert Side-notched points are small delicate triangular forms, with straight lateral blade margins, and flaring bases with markedly concave basal margins. There is considerable variation within this general sub-type designation (Baumhoff and Byrne 1959:37).
Type Site: None. Various (Baumhoff and Byrne 1959).
Temporal Distribution: c. 1000-100 B. P.; Late Archaic-Historic.
ABOVE: DESSNS03, DESSNS04, DESSNS05, DESSNS06: Desert General Examples
Type Site: Various (Baumhoffand Byrne 1959).
Temporal Distribution: c. 500-100 B. P.; Late Archaic-Historic.
ABOVE: DESSNS07, DESSNS08, DESSNS09, DESSNS10: Desert Sierra Examples