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  • Cmcramer
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    Gorgets and Hands....

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  • Artifascination
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    I have seen a 2 hole Gorget made from mica. Very neat but very fragile material.

  • Cmcramer
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    A Charmstone of sorts? Part of an Old Timer's collection from southwest New York State, Erie County County area: this collection contained 1000+ pieces, most of which were common and/or broken as would be expected, but also included beautiful Meadowood cache blades with a detailed 'treasure map' of where the cache was found. I picked out the two pieces of Mica because I had read in Ritchie that mica was thought to have been used as a ceremonial object and could have been part of the cache.

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  • Tam
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    I know right !!! Where is a pipe or a charm !

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  • tomclark
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    Tam you are DUE!! I hope this year for ya.

  • Tam
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    Shot in the dark here not ever finding anything like this . I believe most of these were utilized for survival .
    weights , fishing . All the charm stones are those light weight ones .
    Really in looking at this fantastic collection look who finds them . Everyone in water ways . Tom , CDM and so on . I do like CC ‘s thought of weaving interesting .

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  • tomclark
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  • tomclark
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    They ain't all purdy LOL I have no doubt that some were used as utilitarian weights and some were finery. Click image for larger version

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  • Pointblank
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    Originally posted by tomf View Post
    It's not a guessing game with the California ones. Evidence supports ethnographic reports. It seems they had no utilitarian function that wasn't magical in nature. Not weights or plum lines or marital aids.
    Not saying that at some point in distant past they didn't have a physical function that may have morphed into the metaphysical, but indian lore, and archeology seem to line up in agreement on this one.
    Exactly what tomf stated above...............Here are a couple of mine from CA. Click image for larger version

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  • Cecilia
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    No, this is a JAR?! No, I don’t believe that. You musta scratched cool design if rock. Please make pine tar pitch soon, and record. (I’ll believe only JAR if see you mashing embers with it....!). Gosh, I’ll think about that next time our gazillion Georgia pines whisper in the wind!

  • LongStride
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    it's just a odd shaped rock I found on a gravel bar, about 3" long, use it to grind the charcoal when making pine tar pitch, will document that for y'all with photos next time I make some
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  • Missouri Breaks
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    I just downloaded this article and it’s really fantastic. There are descriptions of things I’ve found, including the charm stones. Answers a lot of questions.

  • AJGamby
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    These are all fantastic artifacts guys!

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  • Cecilia
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    This insomniac just read one of coolest, most interesting articles ever, and can y’all guess, it was about (among other items) plummets being part of a Californian shaman’s rainmaking kit!

    Please enjoy!

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile...ication_detail

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  • Artifascination
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