American Indian Artifact Finds
You will see that these are not all that obvious. It takes a trained eye to
recognize if a rock has been worked, or if it is naturally or incidently
chipped or shaped.
I am fascinated with the history and the pre-history of the land where I
live. When I find just a hint of their workmanship I feel honored.
Agate tool/scraper/piece of something
I found this piece while collecting agates near Lake Superior in the Silver
Bay area. It always looked curious to me, yet it sat among my other agates for some time until I started taking
a closer look at it. Eventually I posted pics of it on a forum to get other
opinions and the overwhelming consensus was that it is an artifact of some
kind. Possibly a thumb scraper or maybe more likely a piece of a tool that
A chip of jasper
I found this piece sitting just inside the drainage pipe at the edge of my
yard. The drainage was replaced a couple years ago and the whole area around
it had been dug up.
A trained eye can see that much of the surface of this piece has been
worked. It is likely a piece of some kind of artifact but unfortunately
there is not enough there to guess what it might have been. If only this
piece could tell us its story..
This one was found near the same drainage mentioned above. As the dirt
washes away on the slope rocks collect along the edge of the drainage.
It is hard to tell from these photos due to the lighting, in hand this piece looks intentionally
worked and sharpened. There is a distinct sharp edge with chips along both
sides (meaning it is a bifacial piece). It is broken, however. I would
guess it may be part of a blade.
I found this in a local farm field with permission. It is likely a graver
which is a simple tool that can be used for cutting or engraving
I found this piece in a local farm field. It appears to have been used as a
scraper. It has some very slight edge retouch and there are many near
parallel scratches all radiating away from the sharp edge.
I found this piece in a farm field near the cannon river (with permission).
It has flaking and edge work consistent with a scraper tool.
Found in a local farm field with permission. This piece has fine sharpening
along an indented surface and could have been
used for stripping bark off of a spear shaft.
Thank you for looking. If you have any questions or comments please feel
free to e-mail me Eric Smestad
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