Paleo?

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Paleo?

Charlesmaximus
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January 12th, 2017, 8:37 pm #1

Here are a few pictures of a point that was handed down to me from a family member. I was wanting some opinions on how old, style, flint type? Etc..//cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5877e8edd5c ... 171509.jpg? //cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5877e8e56c0 ... 171511.jpg? //cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5877e8f6eef ... 171512.jpg? //cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5877e90716f ... 171510.jpg? Sent from my LGL82VL using Tapatalk
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January 13th, 2017, 12:11 am #2

showing the other side too and adding a size reference and stating the county and state in which it was found might prompt better-informed responses.
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January 13th, 2017, 12:49 am #3

All pics are in links, Indiana, Southeast region

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January 13th, 2017, 3:53 am #4

Lacking an actual measurement, but given that it's shape imposes a practical upper limit on size, I'd guess it is likely an example of Big Sandy Broad Base. Big Sandy's are highly variable (examples: http://www.projectilepoints.net/Points/Big_Sandy.html) but for the area you say it came from it would be a good bet. Just my guess.
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January 13th, 2017, 4:07 am #5

i am from a different part of the country and have no experience with indiana points, but will reply just for added input. i had tentatively also reached a big-sandy conclusion from looking online and at overstreet's guide. my own experience and study leads me to believe that from the flaking the point may fall into the early- to mid-archaic period. i'm not seeing paleo and i'm not seeing late work either.

i don't really want to venture a guess on the material because although i recognize a lot of "fresh" material, it's much more difficult when the stuff is old and it's hard to tell how much of what you're seeing is color-change due to age and patination, etc. in a way i'd like to think flint ridge but don't know. looks like it was pretty decent material. from the reduction it kind of looks like it might have been a smallish rock to start with because the maker was doing some aggressive percussion even toward the end and then wasn't able to fully balance the piece by pressure-flaking several sets or anything. but nonetheless i find the work well-controlled and pleasing to the eye.

the piece is a nice artifact and it was nice to see it posted.

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January 13th, 2017, 3:47 pm #6

It is about 2 1/2 in long. A friend of mine thinks it may be Burlington Chertoff, which is an Illinois area flint.

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January 13th, 2017, 5:45 pm #7

It's almost certainly not Burlington, which is typically much lighter in color, an off white raw to light salmon pink when heated, often with reddish veins. Indiana hornstone, possibly, but I would lean towards Flint Ridge.
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January 14th, 2017, 6:44 pm #8

Nice rock looks like glassy flint ridge with 8000-10000 years of age on it point type Big sandy.
The resharpening looks like it was mainly done on the penetrating part of the edge.
Atlatl dart early archaic very early it's more paleo than most people will give it credit. Aggressive thinning on the base, nice stone,and base is ground finely made,its practically a Clovis point with notches

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