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    Junior Relic Hunter
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    Help identifying Broken Flint From New Site Search

    Good evening. I spent two hours kayaking and walking gravel beds in a local river near the intersection with a small feeder creek. My intent was to try to identify future sites to hunt when I get more time.

    These chunks don't look like much. But they're the only potential evidence of worked flint I found this evening. They are all from the same gravel bed in the stream, less than 100 yards from the river intersection.

    Am i on the right track here or am I getting distracted by shiny broken chunks of tumbled river rock? Second rock from the left appears to have been part of a larger piece that was struck, based on the bowl shaped fracture on the front. Chunk 1 also appears to have facets that have been worn down by Stream tumbling, to my amateur eyes.
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    A slightly better angle
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    Looks like chert from here -- not unpromising.

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    That second piece looks promising. I walk creeks when the crops are in and they can be so frustrating. I have a site that gives up beautiful Big Sandy Points on occasion. The problem is that the occasion might be every tenth visit. Plowed dirt is my first choice since the chert is easier to spot, but when the streams give one up, it's usually "A" frame worthy. I'd check it after every storm.
    Good Luck out there,
    fldwlkr

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    Junior Relic Hunter
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    Thanks for the input. The area I'm searching right now doesn't have any plowed fields nearby, at least not in recent times. So I'm counting entirely on bank erosion to provide something. I'm not super experienced with identifying types of rocks, and your feedback was important in helping me know what I might be looking at.

    I was actually out searching the river and stream banks for signs of camps. The gravel beds I ran across were a bonus thanks to very low water levels. Found a couple of nice deep sandy bottom pools in the river that I plan to snorkel with my wet suit on this weekend too.

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    Some of the pieces look like Coshocton/Upper Mercer chert and if they came from up north in the vicinity of Nobles Pond, I think that's too far north of the source to have gotten there other than by human transport. They do look like they're well water worn, but if they've been in the creek for a few thousand years, that makes sense.

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    Junior Relic Hunter
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    These are from a spot several miles to the west of nobles pond. I live at the southeastern corner of what was known as as the Greenville Treaty line, and this location was a water source right along that boundary. We're blessed with 11,000 years of habitation in this part of the country. But darned if I've ever managed to even pull a complete point out of the ground. Years of casual searching has yielded some flakes and broken pieces. I have just started planning and hunting more seriously this summer.

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    Don't be discouraged . Keep walking the fields and streams you will find some for sure. Make sure you post them. We want to share in the excitement.

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    Kayaking and snorkeling some deep holes this weekend. Finally get to use this wetsuit I originally bought for surfing in Lake Erie.

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    Junior Relic Hunter
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    I just started hunting too, and have found pieces similar to yours. I live about 3 miles east of Nobles pond.
    Good luck on your hunt!

 

 

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