Earlier Triangular dart points occur during Early Archaic times in South Texas, the
earliest of the triangular projectile points in the region (roughly 4,000-5,000 B.C.) The typology,
naming, and dating of the style is debated. Classic Early Triangular points are very well made, with
well-thinned bases and some parallel flaking (above specimen on right). Yet many of the characterstics of
"Early Triangular" points are shared by Tortugas and Matamoros dart points, styles attributed to the
Middle and Late Archaic, respectively. As we see it, these styles represent a continuum among the
unstemmed point tradition. Riley Collection, Frio County, TARL.