Fluted spearpoints, beginning of man, archaeological proof ? Sept 13, 2019 6:24:32 GMT -5 1dave and fernwood like this
Post by jamesp on Sept 13, 2019 6:24:32 GMT -5
This is one of the problems with dating tools and artifacts. Your references are not always fixed. It does not seem impossible that the artifact was deposited on top of the ash layer and worked it's way down. I am no geologist so my knowledge of ash deposits and their density is limited, however with rain and cold who knows if it could have moved. The other issue with finding artifacts is the actual origin is not a sure thing. I would suspect that ancient people did pick up tools left by previous groups they found and carried them elsewhere. If one finds numerous burials with the same tools then things become more fixed. One tool by itself is pretty thin evidence.
Does make for interesting discussions.
I busted my but looking for stone artifacts along the Rio Henry. I found only 3 stone tool scrapers all within 200 feet of each other. One was of fine palm.
I couldn't even find chips/debitage where early man flaked his tools and points. The ground was well prepared and free of plants and grass for the most part. Excellent visibility.
I was frustrated with the low density of stone artifacts. Especially considering the amount of super nice knapping material and available water. Really tried hard to find artifacts.
Had that been a large dammed lake in Georgia that was 30 feet low water level I would have found about 2 dozen encampments after covering that much river frontage.
Spent a total of about 30 days over a period of 2 years out there doing 8 to 10 hour days. Lots of hours...
Perhaps the Rio was not a good drinkable water source. There was almost no springs or small creeks out there like we have over here in the east.
This is a serious problem for early man; he had to have good water. Especially in that heat !
There were old cisterns scattered about that had wind mills with drilled wells. Obvious source of water for the cattle. But drilled wells did not exist 1000's of years ago.