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Just got into Native American artifact hunting. I have a few questions after my brief first outing.

I believe the 3 inch tool is some sort of tool for working skins/leather? It has a very defined edge, but isn't sharp. I figured it would be for creasing rawhide. Very smooth. It definitely feels worked. Does anyone know what this might be?

The triangular thing, is that a point, or is it just a rock? I almost pitched it thinking it was just a rock, but there appear to be deliberate fluting/serrations on the leading edges. Also, the one side appears to have a notch. It looks pretty crude compared to points I have seen online. Could it be a work in progress that broke and was given up on? Or is it just a rock?

The two flat rocks with shallow depressions. Tools, grinding/milling mortar? Just circumstantial rocks?

Any input would be appreciated.
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They look like plain old river or stream rocks to me. I am not an expert but I have found arrow points and some hide scrapping tools and none of the stones pictured appear to be a tool, they just have a shape that may look similar.

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Who knows maybe an Indian used one of those, but they don't really look like tools to me, like Woods Walker said.
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look like Leaverite to me, Leave right where ya found it. None of the stones you are showing have been worked with percussion or pressure flaking. Bob
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Thanks for the information! I guess the adventure turned into a geological survey instead. Stay tuned in the next few weeks I am determined to find some good stuff! Thanks again.
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I'm far from a pro....that's definitely a worked piece. You can see edge e has been worked. Guessing it was a scraper of sorts.


Stones can be hard to identify as tools.


I'd focus on Flint...when you're finding Flint, look at rocks and see what sticks out as possibly being a tool.

I worked/lived on the lake Michigan shoreline a few years. Artifacts could be easier to find as the sand was always moving...




Pot shards we're just oozing out of that sand dune. It was awesome. You could see the detail of the cordage in the pieces.








I spent countless hours walking fields I thought would be good once I got back home...that's the best I could come up with lol. My guess is it was a point that broke. Definitely worked and you can see the shape of a point. It was like the outside of the point came off after an impact.


I've moved from that area and there's a field I'd really like to go hunt...Everytime I walk through hunting I see Flint pieces scattered all over.


It's addicting....wish I was better...or had better ground...or more time...lol
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