Syverson

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Hi there, I just acquired this axe head from one of my clients yesterday during a plumbing service call, she?s 70 y/o. She told me she owns land nearby pillager MN just north of Bemidji. She was walking through the wilderness looking for wild ferns to dig up and plant at her other home in the twin cities 30 years ago. Upon doing so she stated she found some wild ferns near rock lake and when she dug up the plant she must have had her spade shovel more than a foot below ground level when she hit this rock. She pulled it out of the ground and has been using it as a door stopper.. I was able to purchase it from her for 10$..

I?m wondering if there?s any Native American stone tool experts around that could tell me what kind of rock this is and if there?s any possible way of finding out when this axe was made, any additional information would be very helpful!! I would really like to get a guesstimation on how long ago this tool could?ve been made

Thank you!
 

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Fat

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...that is a really nice hard stone artifact. Your out of my area but that is an awesome ax.
 

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Moved to indian artifact forum..
 

Tdog

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In North America, axes, celts, gouges, mauls, plummets, and bannerstones began to appear early in the Archaic period (10,000 years ago) and made from hard igneous or metamorphic rocks. Yours appears to be granite.
 

newnan man

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Welcome and I will happily double the price & pay shipping! Seriously though you have a very nice example of a NA 3/4 grooved axe. It's in great shape too.
 

dognose

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yes very nice axe

For $10? Wow. That is an amazing purchase. Congrats.

It looks like granite, and appears to have a channel along the top.
 

ToddsPoint

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The material looks like diorite to me. Diorite was a very common axe material. Medium to fine grained and tough. Gary
 

dirstscratcher

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Full groove axes are considered the oldest, then 3/4 groove next before ungrooved celts became common. I think they're considered mid to late archaic, so in the 3 to 6,000 year old range.
 

Missouri Breaks

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That axe has the lines of a corvette. You don?t see that condition too often. I thought the material was good ol basalt but I get the diorite idea. Interesting to think about the tool(s) used to form that bad boy. What material they would?ve been etc. Well, you got yourself the door stop to end all door stops. Nah, great piece and back story.
 

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