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    1st Hard Stone of 2019

    I found this well polished Game Stone not even a week ago. Its my 1st polished game piece I have ever found. Im dating it by some pottery I found seeing all of the points have been Archaic so far Id say its Late Woodland. Ive done some research on it and havent really came up as a use for it. I get a image of the NA holding a handmade deer skin bag with different colors of game stones in it and each one is a different meaning as one is pulled out of the bag. Maybe for the rights of a hunt as to who goes 1st or something like that. Its a very interesting piece to say the least. Hope you enjoy, rock.
    Personal surface find on private property with permission, North Georgia.
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    Personal finds were on private property which I have permission to hunt.
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    Looks like a naturally polished stone to me. Or it could be a Gastrolith, but I'm sure it's not been altered by man.
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    Nice!
    Field or creek find?
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    Some nice polish on it
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    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Thats a cool looking stone. I could see something like that being some type of charmstone. The great plains indians had medicine bags with stuff like that in it. Im not sure the eastern woodland indians did or not. I would guess they probably did too though.
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    I agree with Reaper.

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    the boss

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    Good to see you posting again Jon!!

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    I doubt gastrolith for the lack of luster and worm holes. Just an opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnmudman View Post
    Thats a cool looking stone. I could see something like that being some type of charmstone. The great plains indians had medicine bags with stuff like that in it. Im not sure the eastern woodland indians did or not. I would guess they probably did too though.
    When a hunter knows a site like the back of his/her hand, they will recognize when something "out of place" for their site shows up. And sometimes these are true manuports. As a surface find, it will be a judgement call, and that's why whoever knows the site best is best equipped to make the call. They are not true artifacts, because they were not altered by man, but they were still transported to a camp, for whatever reason. I have found both fossils, and beautiful polished pebbles at sites I know well, which I judge to be manuports. I can't prove it, just my best judgement based on knowing a site well. In this instance, it could be a manuport, and here in New England they are often speculated to be part of a shaman's kit.

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    the boss

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    Kinda why I asked where he found it, surface or creek.

    One location has far more potential than the other.
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    Completely agree with this as it has happened to me.When posting these types of finds expect these reactions.They are to be expected under the circumstances.I have things from a site I have been digging for years..Although they show no signs of being worked.They just don't fit in with the usual materials found on the site....I keep them...mjm
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainejman View Post
    Completely agree with this as it has happened to me.When posting these types of finds expect these reactions.They are to be expected under the circumstances.I have things from a site I have been digging for years..Although they show no signs of being worked.They just don't fit in with the usual materials found on the site....I keep them...mjm
    Bottom line it is very likely not a trueĒartifact ď . People like me who are new to the hobby appreciate the knowledge. So when a find is posted as artifact those who know should say when it is not. Why sugar coat it? Heck if thatís a relic then any stone on any site where an arrowhead was found could have been used by the arrowhead makers at some point. So I guess any thing found on a site can be considered an artifact if it has the right look. For me if a rock requires a big imagination to say itís an artifact I donít take it or want it.

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    Can't disagree and won't...my point is that there are things that show up on sites that can't be regarded as just random rocks.Archeolgists find things in sites that they don't believe are random and either do I..mjm
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    The way I see this piece, if it were found on a gravel bar or in a creek, it could likely been water worn and polished. I wouldn't think artifact.

    If it were found on a known site and where it was likely not deposited by any flooding after the big one, laying in dirt doesn't really bring things or keep things to a high polish. And it Might be what is suspected.

    It's about impossible to call this an artifact based on what we know. Maybe rock will break his silence and fill us in a little more?
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    I find Fossils and odd rocks that just don't fit in with the site material and I too bring them home. I just don't believe they are artifacts and never altered by man, but just like us I'm sure they brought home pieces like this.
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