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  1. Pocket gold

    Has anybody ever found a small pocket gold mine, where they thought the miner was screening out crushed corn flakes of gold out instead of barren rocks? I think I have..I think they sorted the vein visually and crushed small amounts of select ore...screened the corn flakes out, then panned the...
  2. Broken dart point?

    Found this broken point this evening. Disregard the second set of duplicate photos.. Far Northern California. Kind of a grey obsidian. I’m a real greenhorn when it comes to typing an artifact. My guess was a Elko Split Stem type?
  3. Just a broken rock?

    You can probably see where I’m going with this... I’m just not sure. Any opinions? Found N. Cal. Near an encampment among flakes. Flattish on one side and bi-faced on the other. (Rotate 180) Would have just blended in with other chunks of quartz except for the unusual shaped tip. I...
  4. Speaking of Covid

    Clovis and the virus. Interesting blog post. https://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2020/04/10/clovis-and-the-virus/
  5. Dating projectiles.

    Reading the most recent article on “The History Blog” The History Blog Of interest to me is the fact that the article states that the human remains were dated to 1250BC by an arrowhead embedded into a bone. Are there certain styles of arrowheads that were only used for very brief periods of...
  6. Public Land Closure Effective TODAY

    Forest Regional Order 20-10 (No Trespassing on California Public Lands managed by USDA Forest Service) Regional Order No. 20-10 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Closure Order Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 C.F.R. 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and...
  7. Jack/Drill Hammer advice

    I figured I’d put this here because it is not related strictly to hard rock mining. I’ve got a tunnel that my family and I will start digging. The purpose #1 is water, #2 gold. The material is a densely packed, clay/sand/cobble & boulder conglomerate. I know this is risky work. We will be...
  8. Visited a distant campMent

    Today I visited a distant camp, which must have been closer to a lithic source. There were largish nodules 3”x2” of material laying around a very large area...much of it looked like poor material....this is in contrast with what I find locally. Locally it tends to be much smoother workable...
  9. Miner's Shiv?

    This was found at a miners cabin out west dating to the beginning of the Gold Rush. It's made out of sheet metal during a time when the only method of cutting the metal was to heat it up and use a hammer and chisel. All the edges have been chisel cut. Gotta wonder what situation these men...
  10. Basics

    I struggled to take pictures of this cone shaped stone. Just didn’t look right. Sorry about the rotation issue. It looks right when you enlarge it. Do I have this correct? Used up Jasper Micro Core? Looking for validation.
  11. Off-Grid Security For Vacation Home

    Looking for ideas on some security measures that could be employed for an off grid vacation home. We are having problems with ZOMBIES and are not around all the time to deal with it. I'm thinking some solar powered yard lights would be a good first step. Another idea is a solar powered light...
  12. Butt Plate...but for what gun?

    Pretty sure this is a butt plate off an old black powder muzzle loader. It appears to be bronze or brass. Anybody recognize the shape? Love the craftsmanship to include a hook to secure the part that wraps around the stock instead of a screw. (SILVER DOLLAR for reference ) Outside Inside...
  13. What is it?

    Piece measures approx. 2-1/2" across. Appears to have been spread out against soil. Pieces vary in thickness, with the average being about 1/4" thick. Roofing product? Flooring? Does not smell. Not especially strong..almost similar to a thin piece of poor quality brick. All pieces are...
  14. Interesting account of the Civil War

  15. Intact Camp Sites

    I was wondering if anyone has ran across a relatively intact camp site. I once encountered one while elk hunting in Idaho. It was on top of a ridge at the 5000 foot contour. Had a half dozen grind stone holes in a large boulder. Rocks were stacked up to be used as chairs and a makeshift...
  16. New Small Town YouTube Channel

    Check this one out... Small town production. Callahan is a small town in Northern California with a population of 50 people. You might drive through it and seriously blink and miss it. It’s a jumping off point from the valley farmer fields to the rugged mountains. I think it has potential.
  17. Old powder flask

    Eyeballed this today....looks top be half of a powder flask that was utilized for something else. Someone fancied it apparently. The top was cut off and a hole punched in it. Front Back
  18. Gemstone artifacts

    Surely there are a few authentic blades, points, etc. that were made from some exotic semi-precious gemstones. Anybody have any to share?
  19. Discussion Requested - Please

    I have several items that I’d love to hear some input on. Type of tool, name, suggested use, and estimate on age would be great if possible.. as said before, I’m aiming to learn. So far I’m refining my eye and seeing things I passed up previously. Things that were just rock and waste are now...
  20. Heavily Pecked and Battered Pedestal

    Heavily Pecked and Battered Pestle (PESTLE) Wish I could edit title! Found yesterday in Northern Ca. Can anybody help with the correct terminology to describe this tool? Also wanted to share (it's my best find to date). Completely unsure of the possible age. I think this is classified as a...
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