Basalt Core?

Tesorodeoro

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I’ve found similar shaped and size cores of chert in this area as well as thin flakes of basalt. I picked this up thinking it might be a basalt core. Any thoughts? Found in Far Northern California near NA occupation area.
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Flakes found like this one..not sure if these were used for something or just debris from other tool making processes.
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I’m not well versed on lithic types but the basalt I find in the central Sierras is very black and typically smooth/almost shiny.
 
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I’m not well versed on lithic types but the basalt I find in the central Sierras is very black and typically smooth/almost shiny.
I’m not too hung up on a lithic type, more so interested if flakes from basalt type material was harvested from a core similar to how chert flakes are. Is there a resultant core of similar shape?

By the way here are a few images of what Google says basalt looks like.
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I’m not well versed on lithic types but the basalt I find in the central Sierras is very black and typically smooth/almost shiny.
seems like it is not as valuable as a material to be whittled down to an exhausted core. I’m kind of thinking it’s just a fragment of basalt. Perhaps debitage.
 

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It's one of those mystery's why marginal materials were used? When there was a such a quantity of excellent material available at least where I hunt.
 
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It's one of those mystery's why marginal materials were used? When there was a such a quantity of excellent material available at least where I hunt.
We would only know if we abandoned all of our modern tools and relied upon Mother Nature exclusively. Then it would all make sense.
 

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