Virginia cobble stuff

Quartzite Keith

Full Member
Dec 17, 2018
179
404
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
I had a chance to visit yesterday with member kyphote at a site he is digging in the Virginia Piedmont. It has a clear Early Archaic and clear Late Archaic component to it. As far as I can tell, the hill he is finding the archaic stuff at has a layer under it where one of the ancient rivers dumped a layer of quartzite cobbles and quartz gravels. While currently buried, I imagine thousands of years ago enough of the rock was eroding out to catch the attention of the ancient knappers.

I brought home a few samples and quickly banged out a few field grade, "git 'er done" type points. The quartzite piece far left is a failure. There is a bad spot in the stone I failed several times to blast out, so it's going into the chip pile as a reject:

011.jpg

The quartz is a little grainy, but above average for the material in how it works. I love the "ice" look of it:

007.jpg

009.JPG
 
OP
Quartzite Keith

Quartzite Keith

Full Member
Dec 17, 2018
179
404
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
  • Thread Starter
  • Thread starter
  • #4
Nice workmanship on extremely difficult material to work. What are you using for a billet? Wood? Gary

Right, the quartzite is wood (dogwood, hickory, persimmon) direct percussion to finished thickness then antler punch and maybe a tiny bit of pressure for the base and edgework. Copper or antler works on it to an extent, but it's hell on the tools!

For pure quartz I like to hit it with a small diameter, hard piece of whitetail antler. The saving grace of quartz is that it pressure flakes fairly easily.
 

Top Member Reactions

Users who are viewing this thread

We Dig Metal Detectors
Top