My dad and I ventured down to McFaddin beach yesterday for the first time to do some looking around for artifacts and we were not disappointed. Within 5-10 minutes I found what appears to me to be a shell pendant. Shortly after that my dad finds a fossilized bone. We then move down the beach and shortly after that I find a heartbraker of a blade that is 3 inches long. We walked around some more and found several pieces of flint, petrified wood and nice shells. We were there for only about 3 hrs, tide was coming back in so we had to run out quickly to avoid being stuck overnight. Pics to follow.
Very timely for ME... Just this morning I did some beach research to Email someone interested in coastal people. I went to HISTORYBEYONDTEXAS.NET...haven't been there for a few years. Big review of McF area...
Maybe it's been added to or I didn't notice before...The maps covering 15,000 BP
shows dry land not too far out ( to the Sabine river valley )..
So in the depths of the ancient ice ages, dry land was as much as 100 miles out, at the time of humans it was considerably less.
Thanks for the info Fieldwalker. I did see several of the shells with small holes in them but none of them were as large as that one nor were any of them a perfect circle, they were all oblong or poorly ovoid if you will... I am definately no expert in snails nor shell pendants but that circle looked very different than all the others out there. Guess the only way to know with some degree of certainty would to be to send it off to get COA'd. Anyone else have any other ideas to find out?
Google SEA SHELL BORING ANIMALS. . . .lots of info, San Diego Nat Hist museum is one.
I was well aware of all the shell on the Tx coast with small holes in them, I was willing to give this one a positive human intervention because of the very symetrical hole and it looks like a formed exterior.
As luck would have it, there is a beautiful non animal bored hole on the front page right now. IF there was a hint of edge trim on the beach find, that would be a positive.
On the big negative side...around the main through hole there are other "hole" depressions...Those are NOT consistant with the twisting of a flint drill bit..
Fraid I side with Field as it being a natural object..