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  1. #1
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    Feb 2011
    Maggie Valley, N.C.
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    Obsidian in TN.?

    I found what I believe to be a uniface flake knife. Thats what I think it is,,,also I think it is obsidian. It sounds like glass when its with the other cherts. I found some other peices but very few and only in 1 area. I remember obsidian (from Oregon) as being super black and shiny, and from volcanos that we dont have here. Is this a normal find in TN.? Googles not being a friend today.
    Thanx
    Lori
    Sorry,,,,forgot the ruler Terry,,its 2inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the base.
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  2. #2
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    Mar 2007
    Samuel Watson's Old Place
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    Re: Obsidian in TN.?

    Looks like Pitkin Chert to me. Most good knappable material has a glass sound to it.

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    Dec 2007
    Southeast Ohio
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    Re: Obsidian in TN.?

    Does'nt look like obsidian to me. Not familiar with material from your area but it does look like some high quality flint or chert. 99.9% sure it's not obsidian.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2011
    Maggie Valley, N.C.
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    Re: Obsidian in TN.?

    Thanx for the replies,,,I didnt think it was but the sound was just so diff. Out of all the debitage that I have (see below),,nothing else had made that sound. Thank you for the info on Pitkin chert,,I appreciate it.
    Lori
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  5. #5
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    Mar 2007
    Samuel Watson's Old Place
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    Re: Obsidian in TN.?

    Please don't take my word for it because I am just starting to learn some of this stuff. Maybe I should have explained a little better.
    We get a lot of Pitkin Chert artifacts in our area and it looks exactly like that. When you knap it it gives off an oily smell to it.
    I was told that most good knappable materials sound like glass when you hit it and this is the way to check for knappable rocks in creek beds.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2010
    Central Illinois
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    Re: Obsidian in TN.?

    Not obsidian but a sweet black scraper!
    I love that material.

 

 

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