by NewbowPA
06 Feb 2018, 03:38
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: The hardest thing
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: The hardest thing

Indirect isn't new but has been pretty much ignored (at the Buttes, at least) until maybe six or seven years ago.  I use it for the in between kind of knapping, like when a 3/4 inch bopper is a little large but it's not time for pressure yet.  I keep telling myself I'm going to move up to larger pun...
by NewbowPA
06 Feb 2018, 03:12
Forum: Fire Making
Topic: Elderberry spindle on redwood board, hand drill success
Replies: 8
Views: 139

Re: Elderberry spindle on redwood board, hand drill success

Elder drills always leave a "peg" in the center as does another favorite of mine, teasel.  Teasel is always straight and ready to use just as you cut it, but it isn't native here, though it does grow  in some places alongside the road where it isn't too wet.  I habitually pop the "peg" off when it g...
by NewbowPA
03 Feb 2018, 20:14
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: Indirect knapping methods.
Replies: 21
Views: 478

Re: Indirect knapping methods.

"Ben the Banned".  I remember Ben from when he used to be on PP.  He was never banned as I recall (was he, admins?) but made himself unpopular with a lot of members posting dozens of pictures and saying in a paragraph what two words would have sufficed.  I felt sorry for him and messaged him to sugg...
by NewbowPA
06 Jan 2018, 07:38
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: "Abo" Defined
Replies: 12
Views: 389

Re: "Abo" Defined

nogie:  Interesting effort.  I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion. I would restate what you said more succinctly as:  abo knapping is the art of flaking stone using only naturally occurring materials such as wood, stone, bone, and antler; even native copper.  At its basic level, that's al...
by NewbowPA
29 Dec 2017, 17:35
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)
Replies: 28
Views: 1.0K

Re: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)

I see now why you are so sure it is an artifact.  That doesn't change my opinion of your "sandstone" point.  I believe that very few, if any, knappers would agree with you based on the pictures you've presented.  The material itself says 'geofact' because it simply isn't a useful toolstone.  You are...
by NewbowPA
29 Dec 2017, 08:13
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)
Replies: 28
Views: 1.0K

Re: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)

You found it and may call it what you will, but I remain unconvinced.  I still see nothing that speaks to intentional shaping and the material is not suitable tool stone but, as they say, nothing is impossible.
by NewbowPA
29 Dec 2017, 05:45
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)
Replies: 28
Views: 1.0K

Re: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)

Geofact.  It doesn't appear to be a flakable material.  The stone has a fortuitous shape, but there is no indication or either flaking or grinding. 
by NewbowPA
08 Dec 2017, 07:49
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

WW:  Pay no attention to Lee's bombasticness.  He's like that sometimes.  Your newness to the forum has no bearing on your ability to read and comprehend.  You summed up pretty well what has been argued previously in this thread and there was no information outside of this thread necessary in order ...
by NewbowPA
30 Nov 2017, 18:01
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

"If criticisms are chronically suppressed or dismissed, combative partisans
of opposing interpretations begin an unproductive era of verbal head-butting."

Well said.  And, thank for the Fort Rock paper.
by NewbowPA
21 Nov 2017, 05:17
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

Apples and oranges, Lee, but the field is yours.
by NewbowPA
21 Nov 2017, 04:25
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

That it is more modern than ancient is your spin on it and is just as much speculation and no more valid than my suggesting suggesting it may not be modern, but your argument implies that if clams are available then there is no need for boats.  The point I thought was obvious is that if there are bo...
by NewbowPA
20 Nov 2017, 20:30
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?

Beringians were modern people.  People are curious and push on to explore what is around them.  What's over the next hill or around the bend?  Not so long ago we all "knew" that they moved down as soon as they could through the ice free corridor, but today we have reason to believe people were in No...
by NewbowPA
20 Nov 2017, 05:11
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

As I suggested, and stand by, not all possibilities are equal.  Speculation is great armchair fun but remains speculation none-the-less.  We will never be entirely certain of what happened, exactly how it went, in the prehistoric past but future discoveries will continue to inform and narrow (or may...
by NewbowPA
17 Nov 2017, 06:59
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

Honestly, I hadn't considered migratory birds, though I had given some thought to unfamiliar flotsam casting up on the beach.  Point taken!  They most likely were aware of a "somewhere else" to the south.  Getting there is still problematic.  Given the current state of evidence, over the ice is more...
by NewbowPA
14 Nov 2017, 07:05
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

Unlikely.  For one thing, the animals in question would have to be herdable which is a good deal different than driving some over a cliff.  I am aware of nothing in the record that would suggest that native populations in North America were herders at that time but, if the corridor's natural graze w...
by NewbowPA
14 Nov 2017, 06:16
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: Pic test
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Pic test

Yes.  Looks okay to me.
by NewbowPA
20 Oct 2017, 20:37
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: "Flint"knapping gallium?
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: "Flint"knapping gallium?

It's a bit expensive but would be interesting if someone happens to have a lump already.
by NewbowPA
04 Oct 2017, 21:31
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: New reading material
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: New reading material

ISBN-10: 1604695315,  ISBN-13: 9781604695311
by NewbowPA
21 Jul 2017, 19:18
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: The peopling of the Americas
Replies: 3
Views: 338

<r>In what way Charlie is connected to the cited paper (or another paper for which he claims shared authorship in his Academia profile) is unclear, as his name is included nowhere in the papers and he does not elaborate on his contribution. He still seems to be a member here at PP but it has been 2 ...
by NewbowPA
17 Jul 2017, 05:38
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: A brief summary of human history
Replies: 3
Views: 193

He's baaaack!