I a complete amateur regarding artifacts. I found this near the Cibolo in Guadalupe County...is it an axe head? I will attempt to post pics below. I greatly appreciate any input you folks can provide...I love reading this forum!
That is a very nicely made tool.....as the new owner you even get your choice of what you want to call it.
Could be a traditional Ax as we think of Axes...no way to tell if it was actually hafted to a handle..A " hand ax " is an older term that is dying out in favor of a " Chopper "..
" Bone Crusher " if you like, but the best of that type was just as large but have only one edge worked down. ( I just found two "bone Crushers" at the Starr ranch
,Bell County , look back in this mssg bd for my two posts on Starr. )
Cant go wrong calling it a " preform ", examples like that one were on their way to being shaped into another tool or projectile that was more delicately finished.
Thanks for showing us whatever you decide to call it
Thanks for the replies...I wasn't sure if it was even an artifact (it could've been a perfectly broken rock for all I know), but it looks like it was worked on. Looking back through some of your posts, I've discarded a number of items that I thought were insignificant but most likely had been some sort of tool. I had always assumed that if it wasn't an arrowhead, it wasn't important. Most of my finds are from a single surface location, I will probably go back and retrieve what I can find and post it on here. I'm a historian by education, and barely muddled my way through my only anthro class I took. Everyone's posts on here and searching technique recommendations has helped me tremendously. Thanks again for the responses, makes me want to take a vacation day and head back out and search some more!
The top pic might be a Guadalupe bi-face, (which is a scrapper type tool) although it's hard to tell if it has a triangular cross section shape. The others could be choppers/scrappers or they could be "blanks" from which the final point would've been made of.
AHa. . . . perfect backround for flint artifacts......Your find is just the tippy tip of the history ice berg. . . . .>
The ancient history of Texas residents is a basket of spaghetti that takes time and research to unravel...it's not as simple as some books portray.. Different people came and went with the variables weather patterns created. There are over 200 different projectile points listed just for Texas, each was a " Clan " that was showing it's individuality...each needs to be under the microscope not just lumped into a huge group as" Apaches or Commanches etc "
Not enough research work for you ? Texas is very much an important part of who colonized North America before the Clovis family ?
No telling the age of your find without being documented with artifacts at a similar strata...Axes, Choppers,& scrapers are well documented from the very earliest Paleo excavations right though to the American civil war era.