This is a piece of red pipestone from Minnesota found near the Missouri/Arkansas border after recent floods. This cylinder is a drill core produced while drilling pipe stems. A hollow river cane is rotated in quartz sand and water slurry to drill the hole. A cylindrical column is produced from drilling, and then snapped off when complete, leaving the draw hole in place. This piece of red pipestone is proof that raw material was traded over long distances, and that pipes were then carved by local artists. AWESOME FIND!!!!
Above: Mehlville point with one ear sharpened off. Interesting hole above the notch is a fossil that has dissolved from years of being underwater!
BELOW: photos from previous hunts in 2017.
Rivers are FINALLY going back down after all the recent rains...about time!
October 2nd 2017 UPDATE FIRST SLIDESHOW below:
Above: Results of a single river hunt, after the water receded.
Below: It's a Snyders point, carefully flaked into a scraper, and undoubtedly meant to be mounted on a short handle. Material is high quality Burlington Chert.
Above: Pitkin Chert Dalton Classic point found in Polk County Missouri in May 2017.
BELOW: previous updates
Slideshows below are from previous hunts.
Above: Scallorn arrow point with nice serrations! This is the size of true arrowheads. Anything larger than this is a dart point or a spear point.
Above: Calf Creek arrowhead that shows an impact fracture from use as a spear point!!!
ABOVE: This isn't my find, but I sure am jealous!!! What a hog sticker. It's a Mehlville, and it's got wicked barbs and a needle tip. This point was found after heavy rains on the Big Piney River in southern Missouri. The landowner had recently removed 8 inches of topsoil.
Above: White River Side Notch, what a SMOKER!