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Lost my keys briefly took the detector out and this was just below the surface next to a dime, the yard is mostly dirt, that piece is river gravel which does show up randomly around, I have found artifacts near by but it was also in a place where farm equipment has been stored. I can’t decide if it’s native or something somehow chipped up by years of tractors rolling above it.
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TravisMag

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I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in, but that is what I would imagine a fossil of some sort might look like maybe chipped over time with disc harrows passing over it. I found something similar a while back if I get a chance will post some pics in another thread.
 
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Thanks for the thoughts, to add some info, as far as what I see. I see cortex removed, a few flake scars, and that one edge seems like it would have been doing the work, it looks like it took crushing damage, makes me think of a wedge or something. on the flip side a concave wedge doesn’t make much sense, there isn’t much of a clear direction or form… maybe I’m being swayed by this little cutter I found in a site it says to me someone in the past was willing to use a river rock to make a quick tool
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The first one might not be pretty, and honestly I probably would have picked it up and put it back down, but lots of groups used little river gravel tools like that.

Let me see if I can get this video to work, but here is a knapper working some Citronelle Gravel from Missississipi & Louisiana. If you look at the first couple of strikes he takes, it looks like your tool. Add some micro flaking from use, and I think Uniface is spot on. Expedient tool, used on something hard and probably discarded. A single flake or two could be accidental, but on a small piece like that it's actually pretty hard for accidental damage to create that pattern.

 

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