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Infidel
12-19-2010, 01:05 PM
Found this years ago. It's made of some sort of black stone (not flint). I've always thought of it as an old hide scraper, am I wrong?http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j324/khavemann/046cb735.jpghttp://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j324/khavemann/f2467269.jpg

gloomhound
12-19-2010, 01:17 PM
That's a celt I believe.

GreyOne
12-19-2010, 01:19 PM
Celt is what I would call it. :)

Infidel
12-19-2010, 01:21 PM
That's a celt I believe.

No idea what that is.....off to google I go.

tennecedar
12-19-2010, 01:22 PM
Celt is what I would call it. :)

+1
precolumbian celt (axe head)

A really nice one too.

Creek Walker
12-19-2010, 01:37 PM
Really nice find.

Easy_rider75
12-19-2010, 01:40 PM
Man now that is really super cool nice find.

fish
12-19-2010, 02:13 PM
polished axe head,very fine find,well done.

karlsefni01
12-19-2010, 02:13 PM
very cool! Slightly jealous actually, lol

leaf and lightning
12-19-2010, 02:24 PM
nice find... I have found two of those, but they were both broken... congrats on a whole one...

Infidel
12-19-2010, 02:51 PM
About a month or so ago, I heard the distinct sound of a knife being run across a stone. When I looked up from my lazyboy to find my nieces boyfriend sharpening his knife on it...(yeah, not the brightest spark from a firesteel) By the grace of god he somehow made it out of my house breathing. He still hasnt returned so I guess my anger was apparent.

wsdstan
12-19-2010, 04:39 PM
I have one very similar to it. They are fairly common in native american sites along the Missouri river and most tributaries. At an auction this spring in Montana there were about fifty of the best ones I have ever seen and they sold from $50 to $200 each. These were collected in the forties and fifties on private land in North Dakota from what the auctioneer said.

Here is a link to what they were used for, at least in this sites opinion.

http://www.ou.edu/cas/archsur/OKArtifacts/celt.htm

Infidel
12-19-2010, 05:32 PM
I have one very similar to it. They are fairly common in native american sites along the Missouri river and most tributaries. At an auction this spring in Montana there were about fifty of the best ones I have ever seen and they sold from $50 to $200 each. These were collected in the forties and fifties on private land in North Dakota from what the auctioneer said.

Here is a link to what they were used for, at least in this sites opinion.

http://www.ou.edu/cas/archsur/OKArtifacts/celt.htm

very informative link, thank-you very much

wisconsinwalter
12-19-2010, 05:46 PM
Found this years ago. It's made of some sort of black stone (not flint). I've always thought of it as an old hide scraper, am I wrong?http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j324/khavemann/046cb735.jpghttp://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j324/khavemann/f2467269.jpg

It is celt. It is an innovation by Native Americans. "Axes" as we know them are from the Archaic period 7000-2000 Bc or so. Axes are large and hard to haft. Somewhere around 2000 bc they switch to the celt version for chopping. Most believe they were easier to hack out a canoe with than an axe.

It is used in the following manner

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/wisconsinwalter/IMG_1223.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/wisconsinwalter/IMG_1224.jpg

STOBBER
12-19-2010, 05:52 PM
I'd say it's a celt........polished axe head.
Very cool find , not very common to find one in that good of condition.

Infidel
12-19-2010, 05:54 PM
It is celt. It is an innovation by Native Americans. "Axes" as we know them are from the Archaic period 7000-2000 Bc or so. Axes are large and hard to haft. Somewhere around 2000 bc they switch to the celt version for chopping. Most believe they were easier to hack out a canoe with than an axe.

It is used in the following manner

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/wisconsinwalter/IMG_1223.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/wisconsinwalter/IMG_1224.jpg
Mine is rectangular and blunt on the big end, would it be used as a hammer then? Seems that using the sharp end in that manner it would "un-haft" itself. Nice collection by the way!!!

wisconsinwalter
12-19-2010, 05:58 PM
Mine is rectangular and blunt on the big end, would it be used as a hammer then? Seems that using the sharp end in that manner it would "un-haft" itself. Nice collection by the way!!!

The beauty of the system is in the handle. They made them to touch top and bottom but never toouch the sides. It would split if it did.

Yours is rough because it was fairly new when lost. The divots are peck marks made by using flints spalls to crush out the granite or hard stone. The bit is polished by use wear.

It would not be a hammer because it would fly out of the haft.

celticfisherman
12-19-2010, 06:35 PM
I feel honored all you people talking about me this way...

Guy
12-19-2010, 06:50 PM
I feel honored all you people talking about me this way...

Yer kilt's on too tight. :50:

Kendo
12-19-2010, 07:00 PM
I feel honored all you people talking about me this way...

Your not the only one of Celtic descendant running around. :p ( Joking with ya. )

celticfisherman
12-19-2010, 07:14 PM
Yer kilt's on too tight. :50:

naw.... the buckskin thong just got caught and cut off my circulation... :14:

Trekon86
12-19-2010, 07:38 PM
Gramps has one of those, great grammie found it in the springhouse or field nearby, I believe:)
PMZ

Infidel
12-19-2010, 08:43 PM
Gramps has one of those, great grammie found it in the springhouse or field nearby, I believe:)
PMZ

A buckskin thong?

Guy
12-20-2010, 07:44 PM
naw.... the buckskin thong just got caught and cut off my circulation... :14:

That is not the visual I wanted this close to bedtime.

Trekon86
12-20-2010, 07:50 PM
A buckskin thong?

Nope, a celt!

:D
PMZ

Infidel
12-20-2010, 07:59 PM
Nope, a celt!

:D
PMZ

Yeah I was just messin