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Identity HelpArtifact?

6th Oct 2019 17:39 UTCWayde Harville

Looks like handmade carving on bottom right. Any ideas?

6th Oct 2019 20:13 UTCBob Harman

Does not look like any artifact that I am familiar with; more like a natural chip out of the side.

And a gentle reminder. The removal of any Indian artifacts is forbidden in many areas. You must know exactly where you are and the laws of collecting artifacts in the specific areas. CHEERS.....BOB

7th Oct 2019 13:02 UTCAlfredo Petrov Manager

I doubt that is an Indian artifact. Looks just like a normal schist fracture surface.

7th Oct 2019 14:50 UTCEd Clopton Expert

An anthropologist once told me that an artifact should feel comfortable and convenient to hold in the hand because someone once carefully selected it and formed it to use as a tool.  An awkward, uncomfortable, off-balance piece of rock probably would not be selected for the additional work required to make it usable.  That's not a conclusive test of authenticity, but it's a clue that can be used along with more objective clues to help decide whether something might or might not be an artifact.

7th Oct 2019 16:12 UTCWayde Harville

Thank you guys so much. I was so anxious to wake up to see if I had any replies. Just made this account yesterday haha. I honestly didn't think it was but the bottom right corner, in light and while wet looks like the number 12. Idk if you all could see but I just wanted to see what experience could tell me.  && Bob I found this while walking around at Laurel Lake here in Corbin Kentucky. Would this be okay to rockhound at the lake? I hope so cause I'm new but so fascinated with collecting, and I'm limited on where I can go because my transmission went out in my car. && It's the only place I can collect so I hope for good news. Artifacts is one of my favs to look for for sure
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