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Lucky artifact find
Posted by: davkeene
Date: November 30, 2009 06:59PM
I found these items while shallow water detecting an old, man made lake here in N.E. Penna. Fortunately for me, the flint spear point (?) was directly
in line with the old, solid brass oar lock. The spear point came out of the dig first. I was so lucky for not damaging the spear with my digger. I've been detecting in water and land for 25+ years and even though I found many fine pieces of jewelry, the spear point is my very favorite find. Dave.




Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: davkeene
Date: November 30, 2009 07:05PM
Here is another antique looking blade/scraper that I dug up in the same general area as the flint spear point. Anyone have any idea of what it may be?
Dave in N.E. Penna.




Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: Cliff KS
Date: November 30, 2009 11:23PM
Dave,

Is there a flintknapping forum you like that you could post those on? Those guys would drool all over these 2 finds, and I think you would get a lot of feedback as to the classification/age of the points. The first point you posted is a very beautiful point. The second one does not have as much eye appeal as the first, but I was very impressed with the second photo of it that shows how uniformly and beautifully thin that piece of stone was worked. Any flintknapper will tell you it takes a lot of skill to work most kinds of rock that thin because if they have any inclusions or imperfections you will likely break them if you try to get them that thin.

Great finds!

Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: davkeene
Date: December 01, 2009 12:16AM
Thank you for the kind words Cliff. I will attempt to locate some groups that may be into flint knapping. Good suggestion on your part. Arrow points were usually on a much smaller scale and spear points were longer and narrower. I've never seen one pictured like the one I found. Dave.

Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: Cliff KS
Date: December 01, 2009 06:39PM
Dave,

I don't flintknap myself, but I have watched a number of flintknappers at work. I don't remember seeing a point quite like yours where it starts out narrow at the tip and then is gracefully curved out much broader at the base (many points have straight sides or an edge that is concave all the way from the tip to the base), but I'm sure some flintknapper probably has and could probably tell you what type of stone it may be and what geographic region it was probably quarried/collected from and what that type of point is probably called by archeologists and the historic age similar points have been dated to.

Was that second point you posted stone, or was it a shaped piece of iron?

Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: davkeene
Date: December 01, 2009 07:38PM
Cliff, the second post is made of some type of iron and is covered with rust. A good magnet will lift it up. It appears to be some type of scraper. One
member of this forum suggested that it may have been a animal hide scraper. Dave.

Re: Don't even think about trusting a Archeologists. There are some states where you can't even own arrow points or spear points. The Arche's will only take it from you and have you arrested. :thumbdown:N/T
Posted by: Tinfoil
Date: December 01, 2009 11:22PM

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Re: Lucky artifact find
Posted by: woodwizard
Date: December 02, 2009 12:17AM
great find-a good place for IDing projectile points identification and listing website.Tinfoils right those people are thieves-steer clear of them

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Beauty point! :clap:N/T
Posted by: Bill Ladd
Date: December 03, 2009 05:33PM

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