Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The debate is over
I found this in the creek. A lively debate ensued concerning the origin.
Me: "It's an ancient Indian artifact!"
Hubby: "It's a rock."
Last weekend a chicken farmer/archaeologist gave a talk at the local museum. (Yes, in Alabama you can be a chicken farmer and an archaeologist at the same time.)
The newspaper had promised that after the presentation, he'd identify any local artifacts that people brought.
Most people had arrowheads. Except that we learned most were actually spear tips instead, and older than true arrowheads (which in this area apparently tend to be quite small). One kid had a particularly fine Clovis point. A man showed everyone a hematite atlatl weight (bannerstone) that his father had found.
There was a large crowd. I waited impatiently at the end of the line. And finally discovered that my curious artifact was... a rock.
A piece of chert. He told me the scientific name of the phenomenon that caused the groove. But in my crushing disappointment I've forgotten it.