Arrowhead identification, which involves collecting and reviewing the tips of arrows and spears used by Native Americans, can be completed on the Internet on such sites as WarPaths2Peacepipes. Reviewing the site will give you a basic understanding of the various points and shapes that were once used by Native Americans in the recent and distant past.
According to Warpaths2Peacepipes, identifying points and shapes for arrowheads can take the arrowhead collector as far back as 14,000 years. Larger points are defined as spearheads, lance points and dart points. Warpaths2Peacepipes.com states that smaller arrowheads, which were attached to an arrow, penetrated the skin more deeply when they were used without a bow.
The oldest known arrowheads are fluted arrowheads. Approximately 14,000 years old, the Native American relics feature vertical grooves in the arrowhead's center.
Another arrowhead known as the archaic side notch is approximately 10,000 years old and is denoted by large side notches and a symmetrical shape.
Bifurcate points, which were crafted 9,000 years ago, display a large divot at the base's center and round or square lobes adjacent to the base.
Other popular arrowheads include dovetails and pentagonal points, which were made around 7,000 years ago; diagonal notches, which are 6,000 years old; and bottleneck point arrowheads, made about 5,000 years ago. Ashtabula arrowheads are 4,000-year-old relics that can only be found in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
A more recent arrowhead is the Mississippian triangle point, which is about 1,000 years old. The smaller arrowhead is distinguished by a triangular shape.