Novaculite Website Homepage

Comparative Collection

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Site: 3GA0048

Here we link photographs and descriptions of raw material samples from this quarry site or location. Click on these thumbnail photos to see the variety of colors and textures shown by novaculite from this quarry.


We have developed a coding system to describe samples of novaculite curated at the Arkansas Archeological Survey's Henderson State University Research Station and observed at novaculite quarries in the Ouachita Mountains. The main attributes we describe with macroscopic analysis are color, cortex, texture, luster, and translucency. Our protocol for describing and characterizing the rock can be found in the “Novaculite Description” section of the “What is Novaculite” page. The sample form and coding protocol are linked below.


Suggested citation format for this website:

     Arkansas Archeological Survey 2016 "Arkansas Novaculite: A Virtual Comparative Collection." (accessed January 15, 2016).

We welcome comments and feedback from you! For further information on this website, please contact Mary Beth Trubitt, Arkansas Archeological Survey,


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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Last Updated: February 7th, 2024