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Dr. Sam Maloney Native American Artifact Collection, 1967-1970

Identifier: MS-2020-022

Content Description

This collection includes arrowheads, spearpoints, and potsherds from several time periods of North Carolina history. These were collected in Iredell and Cabarrus counties by Dr. Maloney from 1967-1970, and identified and arranged by him as well.

There are seven trays of artifacts and four small boxes of potsherds in this donation, including a variety of points, such as those from the Early-Late Archaic (10,000-3,000 years before present), Lecroy (9,000-5,000 BP), Adena Blades (3,000-1,200 BP) and Caraway points (1,000-200 BP), among many others. Dr. Maloney utilized Joffre Lanning Coe’s book The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont, and Robert M. Overstreet’s Overstreet Identification and Price Guide to Indian Arrowheads, in identifying the items in this collection.


  • 1967 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from [Enter collection title] must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


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The Dr. Sam Maloney Collection is a collection of Native American arrowheads and spear points gathered by Dr. Sam Maloney, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Davidson College. This collection includes items from Iredell and Cabarrus counties that Dr. Maloney located, exhumed, and identified from 1967-1970, as well as a variety of pottery shards.


This collection remains in the original order in which it was received. Dr. Maloney arranged spearheads and arrowheads based on geographic location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Dr. Sam Maloney on 2014-02-19.

Related Materials


Bierer, Bert W. Indian Arrowheads and Spearheads in the Carolinas; A Field Guide. Columbia, SC: Carolina Indian Lore Publications, 1974.

Coe, Joffre Lanning. The Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2006. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 975.6 C672)

Megalos, Mark Arthur. Protecting Prehistoric Artifacts [microform]; Cultural Resource Stewardship. Raleigh, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, 1996. (CALL NUMBER: NCR STATE DOCUMENTS MICROFISHE G46.2 34:1)

Peithman, Russell I. Field Identification of Stone Artifacts of the Carolinas. Charlotte, Identifacs Co., 1978. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 930.1)

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, October 2018.

Dr. Sam Maloney Native American Artifact Collection, 1967-1970
Sydney Carroll
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA