One hunt= a variety of lithic materials, Point types and archeological periods

MAMucker

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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).

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Number two is a good example of a Quartz Wading River Projectile Point. The dated timeline for this type spans through the Transitional Archaic period to the end of the Middle Woodland period (2000+ years). This indicates that it was utilized throughout the time of AtlAtl. I guess they figured, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Number 3 is a Well-Used Neville (or Neville Variant) Projectile Point made of Kineo Rhyolite (Source ME). Also, found in the gravels along the coast. This, point has one wide and one narrow spiked shoulder. I can only speculate that it was used to harpoon sea mammals or fish. (Middle Archaic: 8000 to 7500 BP)

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Last (Weirdo at fist glance) is a battered Oldie from the end of the Early Archaic Period. It’s a broken Bifurcated Based Projectile Point made of “Attleboro Red” Rhyolite (Source MA). I quickly threw this one in my pocket for later review. I was quite surprised after getting it home and giving it a good close-up examination. (8500 BP)

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Thanks for looking.
 
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Great presentation of some fantastic finds. Learned about two new rhyolites and especially like the vinalhaven(cool how similar yours is to the one in the reference).
 

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More good ones Mucker. Good ID on the bifurcate. Not a common find in southeast MA....at least not for me. Nice oldie.
 

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Nice documentation of lithics.

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EDIT: “Source ME”…nice job and great photos. Personal files, or published?
 
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i'm confused, is that first one the same one that is in the book?
 
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More good ones Mucker. Good ID on the bifurcate. Not a common find in southeast MA....at least not for me. Nice oldie.

Thanks JH,
The bifurcated points are very old and very rare. I have found three total including this one. Even though all of them are broken, I think they are quite special.
 
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Great presentation of some fantastic finds. Learned about two new rhyolites and especially like the vinalhaven(cool how similar yours is to the one in the reference).

Thank you. It is pretty cool just how closely the material of that Atlantic Blade matches up with those examples (nearly exact in color and banding). The Lithic examples are found in Jeff Boudreau’s A New England Typology. It’s been an invaluable resource for me.
 
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Wow. I don’t think you could ever find such a close match!

Far as I’m concerned…they are exact twins. Nice find and again great picture (both of them).

We have similiar material here on the west coast, but what I’m familiar with is not as fined grained

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Not twins. They are one and the same. I laid the Point on the page and took a picture for comparison next to those other Lithic examples.
 

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ah... I see the shadow on the page now!
 
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A well put together post...I like that Ryolite....it’s refreshing to learn somethin from your neck of the woods..

Thank you.

That’s what I appreciate most about all of these regional posts.
 

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