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Here are my finds from digging in the creek in Burnet County. November was slow for me for digging. This was the only time I got go, but hopefully I can make up for it this month!
I'm not quite sure about the round ball on the top right, but I am pretty sure it is some type of fossil. It has tiny pores all over the surface, maybe some type of ancient ocean plant? The rootbeer colored point appears to be nolan because of the beveled stem. The highlight of the day was the black flint point I found. It is very pointy and still sharp. It seems if it was made out of a different material than the other black point I found. This one is smoother and more shiny, while the other was rougher and dull. I didn't find as much as I did the two times before so I think the area I was in is playing out. Guess I will move further down creek.
You did pretty good, a couple of decent points are always a plus. Don't know about the fossil. I have a few that I picked up around Fort Stockton and was told they were sea urchin fossils that look like yours.
well done nice finds. yhe round thing may be a fossil but i do believe it was used as a game ball by our ancestors.and a really nice shooter to boot. the higher the grade of flint the shinier and greasier it looks.dont give up on a place that is still producing.
No matter how much dirt you had to move, thats a great reward for "creekin"..good job. ( have you seen our creekin pics ? )
P is basically right, better quality flint less micro grain and thus smoother. Some scholars /hobbists claimheat treating is a factor.
If that "fossil" ROLLS, Pat is right, game ball
But if it's kinda flatish, Te is absolutly right...sea urchin. Echinoid - Macraster Texanus
Theres about 50 different varieties in TX, hit the Google.
The original body of the creature was only about 1/32
thick ( what you have is the ancient mud inside )
The designs on intact finds are gorgeous, it's enough to get one hooked on Fossils
Gee Ten - I would love to know what the final determination of the ball turns out to be. I found one that looks identical to yours(about the diameter of a quarter) in Palo Pinto County surface hunting two months ago. Had two folks look at it....one said fossil...one said game ball. Did a google search and could not find a fossil that looked just like it...so I am curious what you find out!
Te and Pat,
I appreciate your comments. I always look forward to see what ya'll have to say, hoping I can learn something else. Maybe I can get together with you guys sometime and go digging or creekin'. I am usually just going by myself, because I can't convince my wife to go with me. She can't understand how digging all day is "fun". I really think she just enjoys having me out of house.
Pat, can you send me your email address too? I still have yours Te.
G & GR, Your stated difficulty in identifying that " round thing" is actually proof positive that you both have round lumps of limestone.
IF there was even a bit of the original Urchin still on the outside we would not be having this conversation. Of the more than 50 types of urchin fossils found in TX, they ALL have intricate designs unique to their species and they would scream
out " FOSSIL "
It ( they ) could have been stream tumbled to a near round...OR a native American may have scratched it
a bit to make a game ball