by NewbowPA
06 Jan 2018, 18:54
Forum: Flintknapping - General Discussion
Topic: BEWARE of the INSTITUTE OF FIELD RESEARCH (IFR)
Replies: 28
Views: 988

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

In my experience, arrowhead like shapes are not all that uncommon in nature.  That this conversation is taking place at all suggests that the object exhibits characteristics that cast doubt on a human origin.   The material invites skepticism.   Examination and certification by an expert would resol...
by NewbowPA
06 Jan 2018, 07:38
Forum: Old-Tool/Aboriginal Knapping
Topic: "Abo" Defined
Replies: 12
Views: 370

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: 988

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: 988

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: 988

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
30 Nov 2017, 04:12
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?

Robson:  You might be interested in the graphic here:  https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/bering-land-bridge-first-americans/ , that shows the extant of Beringia from 21000 years ago until today. Though there are those who deny that humanity invented any water craft more sophisticated than a couple...
by NewbowPA
29 Nov 2017, 08:27
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Why did people from Beringia move south when they did?

WW suggested, "...competition for available food resource..." Possibly.  All resources are finite.  Does evidence exist to support the idea and, if so, when was the tipping point reached?  Robson, seems to be leaning toward an idea that the expansion into Beringia basically just more or less continu...
by NewbowPA
21 Nov 2017, 05:45
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

You're absolutely correct, Lee.  Good night.
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
21 Nov 2017, 03:33
Forum: Flintknapping - Beginners
Topic: flint needed
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: flint needed

Glass is always available and could get you started if nothing else should be immediately available; porcelain (toilet tanks, broken china plates, etc.) will also work.  A couple of online references that discuss flint resources in your general area can be found at http://journal.lithics.org/index.p...
by NewbowPA
21 Nov 2017, 03:11
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

"Sorry, I don't."

I suspect you do, but I have nothing more to add.
by NewbowPA
21 Nov 2017, 00:41
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

That saying is 7000 years after the fact.  I doubt that the saying is modern but it's antiquity is impossible to demonstrate one way or the other.  You know very well what I was implying but, for the record, in reply to "I don't know where you are getting your information..." here are a few sources:...
by NewbowPA
20 Nov 2017, 20:31
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

Your over-the-ice idea, at least as I restated it, along with my reasons for doing so, is plausible and even seductive, if not compelling.  It stands on its own and I'm a little bemused by why you feel you have to deny the possibility of watercraft, as though their existence somehow diminishes the o...
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: 188

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
19 Nov 2017, 06:00
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: New Research On "Ice Free Corridor"
Replies: 86
Views: 2.5K

Re: New Research On

Dogs are negative speculation, just as boats . Not all things for which conclusive evidence is absent are equally probable.  DNA suggests dogs weren't domesticated until around 16000 years ago (about as early as many are willing to accept for the peopling of the Americas) with selected breeding evi...
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...