Help with gravel bar artifacts

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Still working on getting an eye for gravel bars, I picked this up on a recent visit and I?m not sure why I even brought it home but I emptied my pockets for laundry and took a closer look. I think it?s a large flake. I see a bulb of percussion and erailiure scars. I think the chips up the edge may just be chatter. Any guidance would be appreciated. Can you get a bulb of percussion naturally in any way or is that strictly man made. I?m starting to see water worn artifacts are much more subtle. There is a lot of other flint that shows up on the gravel bars that isn?t common to the area I always assumed it was tumbling down from bridges or railroad tracks or anywhere rock may be imported now I?m starting to think it?s worth closer inspection
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I see the same things you do in that flake. Whether you can get a bulb of percussion naturally, I don't know for certain but seems like the odds are one would occur occasionally!
 
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Good to know I may be on the right track, might have to spend more time looking at the flint.
I usually go down to see if any old bones show up, always keeping an eye out for that Buffalo skull or mammoth tooth. Always felt like it would be a good place for artifacts too but never found an obvious one on a gravel bar
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Closest I’ve come and I didn’t even find it just confirmed it after my brother asked if it was something.
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A recent bit of skull from a whitetail, I wouldn’t say fresh but I’m guessing closer to the 10’s to hundreds of years vs 10,000 yrs
 
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FF83C972-2AAC-43B1-979B-BF9A9ABE1D20.jpeg here it is out for those that are curious would have just edited the last post but that’s when my punctuation gets replaced with question marks
 

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Railroad gravel occasionally has worked flakes..Indians used the same quarries..That looks like a waste flake to me, water worn.
 

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Getting a flake like that size is not impossible with nature, but it's a better chance that it was produced by knapping. Gravel bar's can test your faith, but just walk it at several directions and go slow because they will pay off.
 

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