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Thread: How do you tell if what you’ve found is a artifact or just scrap with sharp edge?

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    How do you tell if what you’ve found is a artifact or just scrap with sharp edge?

    I have found Items that “might” be something yet as I’ve seen here are not. I’ve been looking in a active farmed field and found items that have marks on them. Are they from a disc, or were they purposely marked, was that done? A couple have very similar marks that almost make it a peculiar coincidence that a disc did it. What about scrappers, or other tools? I hope ya’ll don’t mind, I have a lot of questions. I don’t want to post pics of just rocks that aren’t anything, some of you sound kinda harsh on things that aren’t anything, and they weren’t even my pics.

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    Look through several post on here and study what the item looks like. Arrowheads will have a certain shape, scrapers will have there shape, axes and celts look a specific way. and there is several post on here where people have found rocks and have ask what they were look through a lot of these post and you will get a good idea what you are looking for. Not sure what area you are from but some areas of the country does not have good material to make tools and points from and these are harder to identify. Most people are helpful until you ask about a rock over and over.

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    Thanks willjo, I live in the west central Ohio valley area.

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    I will be doing a lot of studying on here. This area is pretty good for artifacts.
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    All the artifacts from Ohio I have seen, is not hard to tell they are artifacts, good luck hunting them.

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    Post some photo's. You may find some made out of Flintridge material which can be really nice looking stone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Stewart View Post
    Post some photo's. You may find some made out of Flintridge material which can be really nice looking stone.
    I will, I have a few things I’m not sure about, but look tooled(?)

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    The best way to identify worked stone is to learn to do it yourself. Once you know how to strike a flake etc. You'll never look at rocks the same again. YouTube has some fantastic videos, "paleobenjamin" has some of the best.
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    check this thread out, it is located at the top of this forum. It is from monsterrack, also one on drilled stones.

    Helpful Hint On Chipped/Worked Stone
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    Check out the The Archaeological Society of Ohio, this could help.

    Also consider attending a Central States Archaeological Societies in Indiana. There is a show event held in Richmond Indiana.

    Indiana State fair has a guy who chips and sells reproduction flint relics in the Hoosier Heritage area. This is a good way to see first hand how relics are chipped, to see the point come about in stages. I would think Ohio has a similar program.

    Attend knap-in's, these are rendezvous type of event held by people who come together to knap and learn from each other. Here is the Flint Ridge knap in site for 2017 - check it for future events.

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    Great thanks dognose!

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    You might want to come and check out the artifact show in Ripley Ohio at Ripley High School. The school is located right along Rt 52. The show is March the 4th and I believe from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. That is a Sunday. This is a great show with lots if really nice Ohio pieces. I will have 6 tables set up for display.
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    Thanks Grim, will mark it on my calendar.

 

 

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