Question out of the blue on an arrowhead

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I was out with a friend very recently near Wheeling, WV. We were hunting a creek bank, and trying to avoid timber rattlers. That part was successful. We both spied a white arrowhead sticking out of the bank apparently at the same time, he beat me to it, but I wound up with it and I sort of indicated he could walk home if he didn't give it to me! (Actually I gave him something else for it.) But I saw it first! I just can't move that fast.

It is apparently something called Burlington Chert, from Illinois. Do you think it could have been carried there millennium ago or do you think I was pranked, and my buddy put it there prior to my arrival? It just seems a long way for it to travel. Site is close to where he lives. I didn't find much else. I don't have a pic of it yet, was out today in the other direction and bone tired.

I DID find a Flint Ridge, Ohio blade here in MD 400 miles from Flint Ridge a long time ago. I still have it. Just wanted some opinions.
 

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It's amazing what you can find!! Here in upstate SC we find mostly white quartz. Different materials pop up from time to time. I have a spot in my yard near a creek where points from out West, up North, and even coral have been found! The Native Americans had trade routs all over.
 
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Thanks. This one is a slightly damaged Clovis, no less. I'll get a pic in the am. I didn't think he'd prank me with a freaky Clovis, so I asked the questions before posting a picture. I heard a few times over the years western OBSIDIAN has been found in Maryland and on Delaware beaches!
 
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Knife River Flint from North Dakota has been found as far east as Indiana, so it may be possible to find Burlington in your area, but I would think it would be a rare occurrence. Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Burlington Chert is the is the most common artifact material in my area of Illinois.
 
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I occasionally get Burlington Chert artifacts in Northwest Ohio and also have found one small Agate point here which I have been told likely originated in Pennsylvania. I don't think you were pranked by your buddy. Sounds like a cool piece.

Steve
 
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I recently found an arrowhead in West Virginia. I was told on the Native American artifacts forum, on here, it was probably a Morrow Mountain type 2, named after a mountain in North Carolina. It also made me wonder how it got here. Maybe the same wide spread tribe or allies that traded? Or tribes migrating here to hunt? I’m sure someone on here knows a good reason but it does make you think.

I’ve used this page. It’s useful and shows a map where each point can be found.
https://www.projectilepoints.net/Search/National_Search.html
 
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I found a scraper recently here in Se Kansas made from a material found 1300 miles away in Oregon.... unless there is an identical material I’m unaware of... I still find it hard to believe
 
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I have a number of artifacts that were tested as to source for a doctoral thesis that came from up to 1,200 miles from where I found them....many were from 600 to 800 miles away. Native trade networks in some areas at least, were a lot more extensive than perhaps most folks realize.
 
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"I sort of indicated he could walk home if he didn't give it to me!" :laughing7:

Look forward to your pic Smokey.
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Here's the pic. DO NOT HAVE FOOD IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU VIEW OR YOU WILL CHOKE. I am now convinced it is NOT a prank.















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There is a slight ding on the tip. And it's all mine! I saw it first. Danged arthritis slowed me down (and not being about to run like a 30 year old.)

At least its not a repro. It is my best Clovis, and I have about 4 or 5 other paleo points over the years - this one takes the cake for sure! It COULD be flint ridge, just a light color.

I still have yesterday's finds to post. Thought I had a petroglyph. Note to self: wash mud off rock before making decision.

Devonian brachiopods on edge looked like little stick people in the rock. Got some NICE contact period Indian artifacts however.
 
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And a close up of the material. IMG_1794.JPG
 
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That is an amazing find. Beautiful point.
 
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That is a great looking point Smokey. I live in Illinois, and haven't managed to find a point like that yet.
 
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Thanks all. I found my first Clovis out of quartz when I was about 14 years old. It was a LONG time till I found another. I have several now.
 
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Trade, migration, wanderlust, etc.

A slightly wounded mammoth, sloth, mastodon, giant Bison, etc. carrying the point could have migrated there and died thousands of years ago. Lots of possibilities when you think outside of the box.

After all, the Clovis did travel as Clovis points have been found throughout the US, Mexico, and Central America.
 
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