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    Knapping flake?

    So I picked up my 8 yo son from camp today in Deerfield MA. He pulls out this rock out of his pocket. Look what I found in the forest today can we make an arrow head. Iím like cool dude I think that might be a worked stone already. What do yíall think? Thanks Click image for larger version. 

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    Bingo, nice find. Are all 3 pictures the same piece or is last one a different piece?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Bingo, nice find. Are all 3 pictures the same piece or is last one a different piece?
    Thatís great. All three pics are the same piece. Thanks
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    Yep, nice straight, flat flake , your son has a good eye because that is a good shape to start an arrowhead.
    It's man made ... can see where they knocked off a few flakes, then came to knocking this one off, as well.

    Looking at your second picture, the force was applied at the top of the spall.
    You can see the concentric wave pattern that was formed as the spall separated from the rock.
    On the right edge is a slightly serrated edge that might suggest secondary chipping, making this a tool.
    Unfortunately, that edge isn't displayed in the first picture, so we can't see if there is a small row of tiny flake scars aligned with those small serrations.
    That is where you want to scrutinize this, to determine if it may be more than a discard flake.

    Sounds like your son has a good eye coupled with a zestful interest for this sort of thing ... Good for you for supporting and encouraging him !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug N Play View Post
    Yep, nice straight, flat flake , your son has a good eye because that is a good shape to start an arrowhead.
    It's man made ... can see where they knocked off a few flakes, then came to knocking this one off, as well.

    Looking at your second picture, the force was applied at the top of the spall.
    You can see the concentric wave pattern that was formed as the spall separated from the rock.
    On the right edge is a slightly serrated edge that might suggest secondary chipping, making this a tool.
    Unfortunately, that edge isn't displayed in the first picture, so we can't see if there is a small row of tiny flake scars aligned with those small serrations.
    That is where you want to scrutinize this, to determine if it may be more than a discard flake.

    Sounds like your son has a good eye coupled with a zestful interest for this sort of thing ... Good for you for supporting and encouraging him !
    This is an awesome and unexpected detailed explanation of my sons rock/flake. I will try my best forwarding this info to him. He will be so excited to learn about what he found. I will post some pictures of the other edge soon. Thank you for taking the time.
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    cool find
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    Nice find. Good eye. Congrats
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