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  1. #1
    Sep 2007
    So. Cali
    Well,.Sometimes ?
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    TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    TnMnts ,.. Well , maybe the micro drills was gett’n a itty-bitty off subject on O’ Larson’s tiniest point thread ,. Maybe ?? Sometimes , I have a bit of trouble drawing distinctions between points& drills ...
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    Micro Drill ? ,.. 7/16in long X 5/16in wide

    This little obsidian drill , as best as I can describe, has two opposing uniface edges . In the pic , facing left side ? Shows one of the “worked” faces/side/?? ,... the “dark” right side is one of the unworked face’s . Now , I believe I’ve scrutinize this little fella for sometime , tried to emplane him off as some sort of a freak , from a shattered tool or such . Anyway , I’ve concluded the maker knew exactly what he was doing , as this would make for one fine cutting drill .

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    This pic ,...well,... I’m going to “label” the top row points and the bottom row drills ...

    At best , sometimes I believe it nothing more then a guessing game to “label” an artifact a point/drill . For example , the “point” in the upper-left [UL] is vary similar in form and size too the “drill” on the bottom right [BR] . The drill’s ratio of cross section [width/ thickness] lends itself better towards a drill,... but not by much ! If it wasn’t for the lithics of UL point it maybe a hard call ,.... the lithic of the point has a weight about half that of quartz , much like chalk , sharp but probably not durable enough for a drill ?
    For the most part , I feel fairly confident call’n the bottom row drills ,... micro ,...well...??


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  3. #2
    Jan 2010
    North of the Balcones Escarpment
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    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Blindpig, Hey that's way cool. I just spent the morning re-aranging the display cabinet at the house. This is stuff from years gone by. I see a lot of particulars such as you mentioned that I never noticed before. Thanks for the pics and talk. Those small clear Chalcedney-like points look a lot like what we were finding at the two Cibolo digs. ( across the street from the Wilson County Sandpit) All mine seemed to be of the ensor variety, with a mix of serated Scallorn here and there. Thanks G.

  4. #3
    Charter Member
    Jan 2009
    South East Tennessee on Ga, Ala line
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    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    You are nailing it. I hope to get a chance to photograph what this guy has spent many years in documenting. They are so small a normal sifter will not catch them. They reminded me of a 1/8th drill bit. He found them in areas I frequent but my eyes must not be trained to see them. Glad you were thinking about this and I agree you are finding them. His were so fragile they were each rolled up in a long strip of silk or something. I will try to find his articles and get some pictures to show you.With his permission.
    You have some nice ones and must have a good set of eyes.
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  5. #4
    Sep 2007
    So. Cali
    Well,.Sometimes ?
    69 times

    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Hay there Lone Star ,I hear ya , I collected in “years gone by" as well , a fine place to hunt ..
    I found this forum a few years back and have read every post since !!I also been enjoying digg’n through my collection from “years gone by” and shar’n an odd piece here,....every now & then ...
    Even found some inspiration to do a bit of point hunt’n again !!
    The clear points are actually quartz,... the point U.R. is some sort of California chalcedney ,.. I believe??
    TnMnt’s , Thanks ,...........HAD [past tense] ..a good set of eye’s .........Maybe they just need a bit more exercise , I believe...
    Now , there are a few small drills in the pic , but they don’t even come close to explaining some of the really small holes drilled in some of shell disc beads found here in cali . Maybe there was some sort of micro cane / reed drill’n going on ?? Perhaps , Porcupine quill , yacca /cactus needles ??
    Thanks , Blindpig

  6. #5
    Apr 2008
    Southern Ohio
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    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Nice pieces blindpig.

    Here's a Micro Drill I found on a Ft Ancient village site. I believe it was used to drill the holes in the tiny Shell Beads.
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  7. #6
    Sep 2007
    So. Cali
    Well,.Sometimes ?
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    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Well,.. Maybe last weekend I should have said “really really small holes”??

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    Shell bead from So. Cali with a few “drills” , a steel pin & piece of lead from a pencil for scale.
    I should have added such a pic last week ,.. As “really small” is a bit relative ?
    And Steve ,.. That is a nice drill ,... not as nice as your resent pipe n’ discoidal ,.. But nice ,all the same ...

  8. #7
    Jan 2009
    205 times

    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Nice thread I like the micro tools and drills. Tn., are you talkng about Addison micro drills? They remind me of 1/8 drill bits. There's a nice group of them pictured in Overstreet 9th edition in the EC section if you've got one.
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  9. #8
    Feb 2009
    west virginia

    Re: TnMnt's ,.. Micro Drills ??

    Here is one i found that may be a micro-drill(I aint sure what qualifys as a micro-drill lol)
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