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  1. Traveling Lithics

    This post follows Shortlobster’s post of a gorgeous Broad Point made of a very dark mysterious Black Chert (which likely traveled from a Delaware River outcropping to CT) Regarding this one, I can never quite capture the dark shades of this point in a photo. The lighter shades always pop...
  2. A couple Surf-Beaten, Water-worn and Sand-Polished Points

    The first is a well-worn Neville made of Black Rhyolite speckled with White Phenocrysts. Both shoulders have been completely rounded over. The only identifier left is the slightly bifurcated narrowing stem The second I?ll categorize as an Orient Fishtail type. But I could make the argument...
  3. Bits and Pieces and pointers for Newbies -from MA

    For the Newbies out there. This post represents 4 outings and at least 6 miles of walking. These are good finds for any hunt. I have not been out as much as I?d like this summer. Thought I?d post an interesting group of brokes and an assortment of regional lithic chips and flakes accumulated...
  4. Attleboro Red Rhyolite- Merrimack Stemmed

    My son and I went surf casting for Fluke yesterday just before sundown. Didn?t intend to hunt arrowheads but the fish just weren?t biting! Anyway, I spotted a sliver of red material in the sand between the rocks. Not super well made, but the deep burgundy banding in the Rhyolite is quite...
  5. A couple educational heart breakers

    The Best first: A Failed Fluted Lance made of a Dark Rhyolite with half of the Fluting Platform (or Nipple) still present. In this series of photos, you can see a defect in the center of the stone that lead to its ultimate failure. You can also see a partial Flute that jumped around a basil...
  6. Like a walk on the beach

    A good bunch of lithics (not shown) -A small Rhyolite Stemmed Point with tapered shoulders (Maybe a Neville Variant) A broken Rhyolite Levanna Triangle A cool High Grade Marblehead Rhyolite pressure flake A nice Jasper Flake
  7. One hunt= a variety of lithic materials, Point types and archeological periods

    The 1st is a large broken Atlantic Stemmed Blade. It’s of the Late Archaic Period. It’s been battered and polished in the gravels of the Atlantic sea coast of MA for thousands of years. I love the uniqueness of the Lithic Material. It’s known here as Vinalhaven Rhyolite (Source ME)...
  8. While I was searching for Hardaway-Dalton history

    In these posts, there has been some discussion and debate regarding the relationship (or animosity) between Artifact Hunters and Archeologists. There is no doubt, that there are hurt feelings and distrust. I’m not looking to whip up emotions. So please reply with good and thoughtful council...
  9. Yesterday’s find- a Paleo year maker!

    Late Paleo, (Northeastern) Hardaway-Dalton made of Sally Rock Rhyolite. Found surface hunting in SE New England. Did the best I could with the photos. This one gave me trouble. My eye says Dalton all the way. But that’s just MO. The Basel sides are ground and the bottom is thin as a sheet of...
  10. Late Friday. Took a walk and burned a nice cigar.

    Took a picture of this one after I flipped it over. I’t seems to fit the Wading River Type quite well. White quartz with (what I would call) formation welded seams. I’ve enhanced the photo to better reveal this flaw. I have other artifacts with this same formation feature. [ I didn’t get a...
  11. Recoveries after an Atlantic Storm

    1st is a cool Black Rhyolite (likely a Merrimack) Stemmed Point. It was easy to spot this on laying out right on top of the sand. It has an unfortunate break on the base of the stem. I thought the next one was an Atlantic Blade (also damaged; an impact fracture took one whole side off, and a...
  12. Really fun day. Walk slow and carry a (flipper) stick!

    Saturday proved to be a really fun day. I didn’t find killers, but the remnants of the Stone Age and a thriving pebble industry were abundant. I had to delete a good number of pictures of fakers. Sad, I was so sure I had found something. But, hey! On with the show: Got so tired of the fakers...
  13. Nice afternoon walk. Heartbreaker Alert.

    By the light of the setting sun: Almost dark when I picked this one up. Didn’t get on site photo.
  14. Here’s a unique flake that I almost walked away from

    I thought it was a black piece of plastic -trash sitting in the shoreline gravels. So, I did not get a picture of it on the walk. I just picked it up and dropped it in my pocket for a later look. I was surprised to see the edges under magnification. I wiped off the salt residue The reworked...
  15. Here’s a find from my favorite little field.

    It’s about an acre and doesn’t produce but a couple good artifacts a year. But it’s been a faithful spot for me. Not sure about the material
  16. A Neville Cluster: The Neville Variant -(MA)

    I’ve not posted this one before. It was found in 2010 on top of a waste pile of loam and gravels staged beside a cranberry bog. It could have been laying there for 2 centuries. It has some staining on it, indicating that it may have been scooped out of the feeder brook reconstructed by the...
  17. From the box- Levanna Triangle

    Saugus (“Jasper”) Rhyolite (MA)
  18. Here a couple points that I’ve not posted before

    These were found on a hill at a cranberry bog that was cleared of trees and then stripped of gravels until it resembled a pit. These were true rescues. Notice the unifacial appearance. Yet, it is worked on all sides. Unique for sure. This one appears to be made of the same material as...
  19. In honor of Uniface’s Gauntlet of Non-Point Tool Types.

    I have to admit that I have not yet fully absorbed the Mass of various types of scraping and cutting early and late paleo tools that Uni recently and rapidly posted. So, I’m posting these with a hope to gain knowledge from the replies. This one is a little bigger than a Silver dollar: I...
  20. MA: March Sunset Finds

    I’ll highlight a couple of finds from the last two day’s walks at sunset. Here’s two interesting points which Likely belong in the Jack’s Reef Notched Point Family, but are too large to be arrow points. This one does not have the classic angular corner notches or the flared base that we...
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