Here it is on Monday and I have nothing new to add. On the weekend I did nothing (but work and sleep) and saw no-one. It was swell.

A stone flake. Look at that lovely bulb of percussion, errailure scar and the ripples of force running through the stone. It’s like a three-headed monkey.

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  1. Katie says:

    Frankly, I am a little disappointed that your hand wasn’t holding the stone flake in that photo. Still, it does have an incredibly enviable percussion bulb; you are quite right.

  2. Jody and Ken says:

    My brother has a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. It’s always a bit exhausting visiting because I can’t stay there without spending my days wandering about with my head angled to the ground looking for something like this (Clovis points are not uncommon in the area). Pretty amazing that it would be just sitting out on the surface like that. Looks like a great find. How big is it? Ken

    • Bathmat says:

      Exhausting but fun! This particular artefact was from the Lachlan River area in New South Wales. Wind and water erosion can take away the soil and leave the stone tools just sitting exposed. It’s a pretty common scenario in Australia. Lots of erosion. Texas too, no doubt. When that happens you have no idea whether the tools came from the same time or have accumulated over extended periods. The one in the photo is just a basic stone flake and was about 3cm in length – not as exciting as a Clovis point! There were some other great tools in the same scatter.

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