University of Minnesota
Department of Anthropology



Godar is a wide, clunky-appearing, side notched point named for the Godar site in Illinois (Montet-White 1968; Perino 1971).

Godar - MNHS Fort Snelling Collection

Description: This is a broad-bladed, medium-sized, side notched point with a straight to slightly rounded base. Blade edges are rounded to parallel sided, with a gradual curve at the end that produces a broad tip. The moderate-sized side notches tend to be as wide as they are deep, and the stem as wide as the shoulders. Sides of basal ears are generally straight or slightly rounded. Workmanship is good. Heat treatment and basal grinding are rare. Goldstein and Osborn's (1988:32) Wisconsin sample ranges from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in length, from 1.2 to 1.6 inches (3.2 to 4.0 cm) in width, and from 0.3 to 0.4 inches (0.9 to 1.1 cm) in relative thickness. Morrow's (1984:57) Iowa points range from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in length and are usually over 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.

Distribution: The distribution of Godar points are concentrated in the Upper Mississippi River valley, including Wisconsin, eastern Iowa, and southern Minnesota. In Minnesota, examples are present in Houston County (2) and in the Owen Johnson collection from Freeborn County.

Age and Associations: Godar is generally considered a Late Archaic point type that dates between about 2500 and 1500 BC. In Illinois, Godar points seem associated with the Red Ocher culture and the Titterington focus.

Similar or Identical Types: Goldstein and Osborn consider Godar similar to Wisconsin Raddatz points.