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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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What is it?

Is this a spear head? Found it about 40 years ago in a field we had just plowed on the farm. Measures 4" long and 1 1/2" wide at base.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 12:38 PM
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Re: What is it?

Looks more like a scraper or cutting tool. Like to flesh hides. I'd think a spear head would be more symetrical.

50 years ago, there were a series of "official" state Archeologists, often University Professors who had the legal right to perform digs. My college Anthropology professor was one and he would volunteer his students as grunts for his digs. Maybe one of them could help you.
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Re: What is it?

I would think any Anthropologist in your community, or any nerby University, would help you out. I found a dilapidated token of some sorts years ago, and took it to Bloomsburg University. They determined it was political token from the 1850's, and how I don't know, you could not read anything on it.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 08:44 PM
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Re: What is it?

Rem. without seeing it first hand I can only make an educated guess. I would say it is brush creek chert the occurs just south of you and depending on the amount of flaking, which i can not tell from the photo, my guess would be a pre form (biface). Spear points and tools do go through a series of steps to get to the finished state. The natives carried and cached these so that they would be able to have a fast replacement when needed. Just like you might carry extra arrows or bullets. If it is very thin and in its finished state I would say a hafted knife or scraper. I do have 25+ years working as a contract archaeologist in the north east. But even with experience the natives never cease to amaze and puzzle us all!! Enjoy your find and record and protect the site...

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Re: What is it?

Very interesting info gentlemen.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 03:06 PM
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Re: What is it?

My guess would also be a knife or preform.

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Re: What is it?

I'm gonna say an early Archaic spear head. Just my guess.
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I can only contribute , man made.

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Re: What is it?

It's a blade, and a very decent one at that...Almost looks like Jasper, which sometimes comes in this dark of a shade of brown...
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 12:53 AM
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Re: What is it?

Not Jasper I have worked with it for over 25 years in PA and Maryland....

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