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    Black, blue and very happy

    Black and blue are the bruises I earned lugging this beautiful artifact back home.

    Very happy to have found it.

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    This type of mortar is inset into the floor and used with a hopper basket.

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    I think it's a wonderful example.

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    Found in a creek bed in northern California.

    Just wanted to share.
    Last edited by Out Of Time; May 15, 2019 at 05:50 PM.

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    Also found a nice scraper...

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    ...and a interesting little point.

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    Can anybody help me type it?

    Thanks.

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    Those big ones will give you a hernia. I've lugged many of them home over the years.
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    Thatís a nice one ..... I would have brought it home too
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    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Similar to ones we find around my area. That is a good one.
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    I'm in east Napa County, Ca.

    Acorns were key to the culture here.

    Old timers remember when these little valleys were littered with mortars but I guess they collected them all.

    I doubt there are many left to find , at least out in the open, like this one was.

    I've found two.

    The first one (also found in a creek) is the bowl type and I wasn't certain that it actually is an artifact until I found this new one.

    Initially I wasn't sure because the hole on the boulder (bowl type) is not fully developed.

    Now I think it was abandoned before getting much use.

    Even though the hopper mortar has a nice deep hole, it compares nicely with the other and I feel confident that the bowl is legit.

    So, in a way, I got two for the price of one.

    That's pretty great.
    Last edited by Out Of Time; May 15, 2019 at 05:48 PM.
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    I do have a question that perhaps someone more knowledgable than me can answer.

    Is it the case, that when manufacturing a mortar, the hole would be pecked out as a preliminary step before grinding?

    I ask because the bowl mortar shows the remanent of peck marks.

    I think they would peck out the hole as a guide and to encourage initial penetration of the grinding step.

    Could that be true?
    Last edited by Out Of Time; May 15, 2019 at 05:47 PM.

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    those points look pretty surf tossed...what was the circumstances of where they were found? the second one looks like a side notch with ill defined notches, I have found a few like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclemac View Post
    those points look pretty surf tossed...what was the circumstances of where they were found? the second one looks like a side notch with ill defined notches, I have found a few like that.
    Both the obsidian pieces were found in a gravel, sand and stone creek bed. Less than 10 miles from source.

    So it hasn't travelled too far, if at all.

    Much, though not all, of what I find there is very worn.


    The first pictures are of what I see as a quasi turtle-back scraper.

    The point is what I need help with.

    Not sure if it's lost it's base or if it never had one.

    It's not a type I've found before.

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    Here's a picture of the bowl mortar.

    It's raining today so the stone is wet.

    Hope you can see the hint of peck marks.

    Not great photography.

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  11. #11
    Great find. I would have lugged that one a country mile to have it in my home.
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    That Mortar!!! Wow!
    That Bowl!!! Holy Moly!
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  13. #13

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    My sentiments exactly.

 

 

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