Cardinal points and crude tools


The average “Hunter” looks for four cardinal points when it comes to most lithics- especially of varieties of arrowheads – this however does not pay homage to the plethora of crude tools formed throughout the ages in particular that which has been known as the Stone Age including Stone Age lithics. One particular book the front cover of which shown below called The Carpenters Tool Chest copyright 1933 by JB Lippincott company manufactured in the United States of America has one particular diagram of drawings did noting a number of crude lithics in tools for which cardinal points simply will not be found . Around the middle of this particular work one will also note a drawing diagram of stone hammer tools in particular and of great interest one might note hammerstones for which the round and ground nature of the tool will not characterize any particular Cardinal point . In fact as the author Mr Thomas Hibben recognizes that holes quote in the tools made by the people of the Ground Stone Age are very accurate and meet exactly in the middle so they must have had some way of measuring but what it is we do not know. As of late amateur collectors and artifact hunters have found a number of uses over the course of amateur archaeological and artifact hunting and collecting for which these tools were obviously measured formed and used. ln this blog I will make some attempt to include photos of such hammerstones for which I have found at various pre historic sites and settlements dating back to circa 11,000 BC . Unfortunately this will do little to convince those amateur collectors and geologists who have found great interest in the hobby but have found few tools of such construction.

What has always fascinated me however is not simply the beautiful variety of hammerstones that I have found in a variety of different lithic material such as most notably and perhaps most importantly Jasper stone but the looks that I will receive from seasoned collectors once I show them my collection of such hammerstones. Even more fascinating… The aforementioned book was marked for “discard” by the Nitschmann Junior High School Library- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.



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