Ok, I'll try one more since the last pic worked. Here is a selection of knives from those same NE California gravel banks. The one that looks like a giant arrowhead looks to be a ceremonial piece of some kind because it's one sided and flat on the back. The big basalt knife is about 6" long for scale and you can see how the big curved obsidian knife has been stream worn, a common and annoying thing that happens to many of the artifacts from this area. I know one of these looks to be an agate basin type but I think it's actually a resharpened knife that just happened to take that shape. One of my hunting buddies actually found an obsidian knife with a flaked and ground handle from this area. Looked like a giant butterknife. Always wanted to find me one but no luck...Mel
Both of the Midu and Modoc cultures are woodland to historic, and were around at the time the first settlers came into Northern Ca. In the early 70's I lived near Placerville (sierra nevadas) for about a year, and used to dig midden sites near the small town of cold springs. In these middens were loads and loads of Hudson Trade Beads that the settlers traded to them for land,etc. Ever run across any there? Some of the beads are very valuable now. Also found alot of Yana arrow points made from obsidian and metamorphic rocks there as well.
Nope, no trade beads from the Modoc area as I was hunting a seam there, not camps. I do have a pretty fair amount of beads from some old Paiute camps and from a Chumash site right near my old house in So. Calif. Not many of any one kind but some red french types, blue and brown Russian types and a few misc.....Mel
The flint is always greener on the other side of the fence !
Obsidian sure makes a nice change from the monotomous TX translucent root beer points. Those are all big finds, how's your collection / finds of
smaller points? Any Quartz with gold seams ?
Travis. . . . . You are a card ! ! ! ! Steamed CLAMS come from gravel beds, Sabre's finds are
STREAMED Obsidion !