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    Ohio Agate Basins

    Ohio Agate Basins are a lanceolate form that shares an outline and heritage with their more famous Western Cousins, but has several key flaking differences and lasted significantly longer (although still squarely in the paleo era.) As Mojave pointed out elsewhere, the original Agate Basin points like those found at the type site in Wyoming have a relatively short horizon and are quite rare.

    From the couple of well dated and excavated sites in Northern Indiana & Ohio where these have been found it is thought that at least in one portion of their range the Ohio Agate Basin hunters focused on Elk and perhaps Stag Moose (Cervalces scotti, not the modern moose) which would have been the largest animals in Ohio after the ice age.

    While they the makers used several local materials, it is commonly estimated that 80% to 90% are made from Coshocton & Mercer chert/flint.

    I certainly welcome any additions or edits to my perhaps less than traditional thoughts on this type.

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    Isn't it typical, Joshua, that points are larger, in general, in the mid-continent than they are out west? Your ABs are great examples of a paleolithic hunters tool set.

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    Nice points and great info. esp. for an Ohioan.
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    ohio lanceolate

    Here's the only one in my collection, just a hair over 41/2 inches, thickest part is 1/4 inch, heavily ground 1/3 of length from base.1 1/8 inches at it's widest point. Found on our family farm, Ohio.
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    Great example loudog, I'll try and post some more pictures this weekend of mine.

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    Here's an AB from Gibson co., In. X - Russ Thompson.
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    ohio agate basins

    Quote Originally Posted by joshuaream View Post
    Great example loudog, I'll try and post some more pictures this weekend of mine.
    Sounds good, thanks for posting your ohio agate basins. From what I have read it seems the ohio agates tend to run a little thinner than the western type. Lou

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    Beautiful pieces !

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    A personal find from earlier this year...classic Coshocton.
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    Nice examples! Here in western PA., it seems the majority of Paleo points are made from either Onondaga, Coshocton, Upper Mercer, or Jasper. Other materials are also seen but not in the same %. Funny thing is, in this area, Paleo points are rarely seen made from Flintridge, but I'll occasionally find Paleo tool forms made from it, but not often.
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