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    Well with winter settling in Im sure most have snow and ice keeping them form going out. Here none yet but plenty of rain and everything is flooded even the fields. Im in N GA in case some dont know. I was hoping everyone would take the time to post a favorite find with a short story to go along with it. You can post as many finds as you like to keep your memories alive till your next find. I will start with one of mine and others can join in when they want. I dont always get on this but do view with my phone on lunch breaks keeps me informed and I do like seeing others finds which keeps me hoping to find a good one. All my finds are surface only. So post away Click image for larger version

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ID:	338364 This is my largest quartz point/knife I have ever found as you can see I found it in a creek. My buddy took me to one of his places and I passed him in my yak and hit the next gravel bar down. He is a real good finder so I had to leave him on the other spot so I could find one cause he can spot them from a ways off. It ended up being the best find of the day. Found it in 2014. I think its a Savannah River, N GA

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    Big honker there ! Love that translucence! Keep posting ! JJ

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    • SurfaceHunter
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      Thanks L it was a nice find and it being yellow quartz was special I havent found another like it since

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    Nice point SurfaceHunter. Here is a point I found in July of 2013. It holds the centerpiece of my A frame, waiting to be knocked out by a better point. It's Carter Cave flint and measures 2 3/4 by 1 inch.
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    I found it sitting in 6 inches of water at the top of a gravel bar. One of those amazing moments where the point is sitting there, glowing, waiting for me to pick it up. That moment is why I hunt, when you first see it and pick it up in disbelief. I'm a surface gleaner and reluctant creek walker. Streams don't give me much but when they do it's outa' the park. Checking my notes, I found another Big Sandy in the same creek in July of 2016... guess I'll be back there in July of 2019.
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    • Scorpion68
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      Awesome Fldwlkr

    • SurfaceHunter
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      Very nice I think if it was me I would be in that spot more than once a year. Seeing you have found 2 in the same spot might be a Cashe waiting on you on your next visit. I have 2 theories one being they wash up of course from erosion and the other they were buried for a return visit. 2 alike to me means probably buried.

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    Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	1 Size:	73.7 KB ID:	338386 Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	2 Size:	63.9 KB ID:	338387 That Carter Cave makes me think of our Greenbriar
    8000 BCE to 7000 BCE/ "Early Dalton" Filthy ground base.

    I was snorkeling, working the cracks in the limestone bottom along the edges of the Santa Fe River near Rum Island for fossils and artifacts (during the Isolated Finds Program..). Within a few minutes of entering the water along my friend's property I found a pretty nice Savannah River type point with just a smidgin of the base missing, along with a candy little point and a funky. My friend and his company freaked out LOLOL as they were swimming right next to where I was fanning the cracks. I went downstream less than a hundred yards and there is a little spring that only runs about 50 feet to the river just upstream from Rum Island. A lot of canoes and kayaks stop at this spring and run. I entered the run off the river and immediately found this Greenbriar, made of what we call "Rice Grain Chert". Arm's length deep water. Arm's length fanning while snorkeling is my favorite. I posted a pic of the same big point after it was in a casebox/drawer for a year or so....Beautiful patina yucky now!!
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    • south fork
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      Great way to find artifacts we use the same method to find gold in the rivers out west .

    • tomclark
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      I posted a pic of the big point fresh from the river and another pic of the same point, same side after being in a casebox/drawer for a while... yucky lol

    • SurfaceHunter
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      They always look better when wet

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    The tip is broken off and I just figured out how to edit to fit this forum so just go with this lol till I get better . This is by far my best experience . It’s a repeat story from about 2 years ago and it was not the typical sunbather . Going to check a deer stand in a remote area . This had to be from someone hunting . But all I saw was a size of a green pea of Chert showing . Waiting for Wayne to get all his gear and guns out I saw the color and kicked at it for a bit to see a chip pop up . Hmmm boy that’s might be a spall . Start digging with my fingers and when that pine tree shape came up I started doing the Barney . ( Barney On Mayberry dance ) I was shaking cause this was coming up on over 2 inches . Grab my pocket knife out and start digging . Thought I was going to stoke out but then the tip was gone . I love edge work and this corner notch had it all . Even pressure flaking on the base .

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    • Scorpion68
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      Tam - I think I remember that one.

    • tomclark
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      "But all I saw was a size of a green pea of Chert showing"...
      That demonstrates your expertise!!

    • SurfaceHunter
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      Half of one is better than have of nothing. Nice story

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    Many years ago I would hunt a camp close to home I could walk over for a quick hunt . It was called Columbia Flat and the last Chief or Head Man of the local tribe made his home there .
    Coppa Hembo was a fascinating historical figure. Born of a Maidu father and Washoe mother he would rise to become the primary Huuk (Chief ) for nearly 50 years over the Hill Nisenan band of the Southern Maidu, with authority over the Maidu and Washoe people living on the Divide between the forks of the Natoman (American) River. As a young man he had been attacked by a grizzly bear which he managed to kill, permanently disfigured by the mauling he was given the name Coppa Hembo (Grizzly Bear Killer). He would lead his people in battles against slave raiders but managed to keep his people out of both the First and Second Indian Wars of El Dorado County continuing to live in peace with the horde of invading miner's . A couple of surface finds from his camp .

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    • SurfaceHunter
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      Those are very nice and the story just leaves me wanting more on the adventures of your area.

    • south fork
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      I heard a story that only Coppa Hembo could make crystal points but we all know that's not true . And his people living in peace with the hordes of gold seekers is another fantasy .

    • SurfaceHunter
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      Ive heard here that the quartz ones are the oldest from local collectors which some are Archaic like Morrow Mountains but all time frames used quartz. Ive only found 1 crystal point but its not as nice as the ones you find.

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    Yes I agree with Chuck what a great story and the points speak for themselves .

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      Strange little Blade I found one Day.
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ID:	338470 I need to get out soon!
      http://joshinmo.weebly.com

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      • SurfaceHunter
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        Wonderful big overshot flake knife. I wish I had those types here. One day when its light enough I will add a pic of my flake knife bowl. I like to display them in a big bowl so anytime I like I can have a look. Most of mine are black flint.

      • JoshinMO
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        Thanks Surface Hunter, very nice Point You posted.

      • SurfaceHunter
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        Thanks Josh I have other points Ive found to in quartz but none like that one. Its my favorite find cause I beat my friend to it. He has a real nice collection of finds he actually has a whole bedroom just points and finds its like a museum.

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ID:	338509 This little thing is cool ...mini micro celt ?
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      • SurfaceHunter
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        Just kidding of course its a end scraper

      • redrocks
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        Of course I knew you knew that. But..SF did nail it

      • SurfaceHunter
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        I like end scrapers and done find many in that style

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      You know I am reading this book I got on the Swiftcreek pottery . It goes into some theories about how they were probably master wood workers .It could not be just the paddle stamp . I think that explains lots of the mini tools I find at that camp .

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      • redrocks
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        Yeah Tam it seems to me there's a lot of small pottery shaping tools

      • SurfaceHunter
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        When you find out Tam share the knowledge I have always wondered if most pots were free handed I dont really buy the paddle stamp thing.

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      Well seeing I went on a long walk today just to be disappointed I will share another past find. Click image for larger version

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ID:	338591 Those were the days. I found the 2 in my hand mins apart rolling in the current towards me all I had to do was step on them with my boot and pick them up. I must of stood there waiting on the 3rd for 30 mins, lol Also a 2014 find And found the group shot all the same trip. Thats my best creek I used to be able to go anytime I wanted but the owners sold the property 200 Acres and it took me a while but got new permission from the new owner. Now I can only go June, July and August but its better than none.

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      • SurfaceHunter
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        Thanks Red it was a good day for me. I havent had that many nice finds in 2018 like 2014-2015 but Im hoping 2019 will be better after all of this rain stops. I dont even know the types of them Im thinking the longer black one is either a Pickwick or a Ledbetter. The spade one I have no idea its the only one I have ever found like it.

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      Nice points ..too bad bout limited access to the site. I like the spade lookin one the best. That almost looks like obsidian they're so shiny

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ID:	338656 This is the second NA artifact I ever found. My first find was a Quartz point that was barely recognizable as an artifact it was so beat up. This was the first time I knew for sure that I had found a point before picking it up. It was the start of my obsession and still one of my favorite finds. I absolutely love those black chert finds SurfaceHunter!

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        • SurfaceHunter
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          Thats a nice looking point Sugaree you should get a wet pic of it so we can see the true colors of it. When they dry out they do look dull but thats the patina.

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        Hey Marshall. You got some pretty material down there... Special connection point.. Nice

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        • Sugaree
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          Thanks Red! When you wet that point the bands in the rhyolite really show up!

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        Im sure there are others that can share a find its hard to believe nobody else wants to show anything. I can add some more till somebody else wants to show some.

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        • redrocks
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          Yeah do it brother. Ur right there should be more posting goin on here.. ..come on kicking brothers and sisters
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