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Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7618

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Found this a while ago, I found it in a place where i find almost all my points. the place was first settled by the english in 1680 and there were still tribes living there. This must have been made by one of those later tribe members! One side is the smooth exterior of the bottle and the other has been slightly flaked. What do you guys think?

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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7624

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Awesome find! It looks like a knife blade to me. I think a dart or arrow point would have some notches, especially during the historic period. I don't doubt it's an authentic glass artifact. They were known for taking the blue and green glass insulators along the rail road, but it could have been a bottle as well. Were there any other chips of glass around? I have come across places where someone was knapping with blue glass, but I have yet to find a point made of it. That is a rare piece indeed!
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7628

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The place I hunt is a river bank, there are bottle fragments washing up all the time but this is the only time one has looked like this.
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7632

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It has the right flaking to it. Nice find!
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7633

wow that is a cool find!!!!
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Re: Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7636

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Neat point. Looks like a leaf point by the shape of it.
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Re: Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7642

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Shape simulates a Piscataway point, found on the eastern seaboard which I believe is your region. Known for shallow corner notches, kinda comparable to the Morrow Mountain point in the base area. From the Woodland period 2500-500 BP which would fall in the area you referred to above. Pretty neat little piece
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7646

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Thanks Guys! Yea I love this piece, I read about them in a book I bought on the history of Daniel Island. Never thought i would find one!
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7663

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That is an awesomepoint. Glass artifacts are super rare in my area. Mostly because most Indians were gone before the white people got here. But my uncle found a glass tomahawk. An archaeologist said it was probably around 200 years old. It was made from glass that's looks almost just like yours. That's a great find. Congratulations.
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7670

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A Glass tomahawk? That sounds crazy! Please if u have a picture, post it! i would love to see that!
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7671

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Very cool find! Betcha that one was easy to spot. See if it glows under a black light. Mark.
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7732

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Will thats a sweet find. Have heard stories here that in mid to late 1800's native americans would take discarded glass insulators from telegraph lines and make points. Don't know anybody who has one so don't know really. Would be not so durable but easy to make who knows? Your piece is for sure I think man made.Do you find evidence of glass flaking in that area?
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7736

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There is a fellow from my area Joe that knaps points out of glass, and he is awful good at it. Used to knap flint and then caught wind of some joker he was making them for selling them as original. So once that took place he only knapped glass to avoid a collector from getting burned. Pretty honorable move in my opinion.
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7746

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That's a cool find Will. Unless you have some amateur flintknappers around I believe you are correct and I only have seen around two others.

When the telegraph lines were put up, the plains Indians made points out of the glass insulators.
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Re:Historic Glass Arrowhead!? 3 years 8 months ago #7748

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That looks like a piece of broken glass (shard) to me and not an arrowhead/tool. I can't see any signs of human modification to give it intentional purpose or form.

I do know they used glass historically on occasion, I've seen several. We found some knapped glass tools when doing the site survey at the Saline Courthouse site. All of them I have seen have well-defined pressure flaked edges.
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