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    Posted 6 years ago

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    found in the Harpeth river in Tennessee measures 8" x 3" trying to figure out exactly what it is & what tribe it may have belong to.

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    1. beyemvey beyemvey, 6 years ago
      Judging by the offset of the haft, I would guess knife blade.
    2. loudestfamily, 6 years ago
      It's really large & heavy. It is 8" long, 3" wide and about 1 1/2" thick in the middle. Because of it's size, I really don't think it is a knife. The edges aren't very thin, although they may have been thinner and being in the river for God only knows how long wore them down. I have googled it & can't find anything like it. The closest thing I have found to it is maybe a lance since they are used for large game. I really don't know much about these things so the word "haft" is one I will use in my research. Thank you for your help.
    3. loudestfamily, 6 years ago
      The more I research the more I think this is some kind of tool. An axe maybe...
    4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      I see a rock with natural wear vice a human, hand worked piece.

    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 years ago
      I think was shaft, just missed the s.
      I tend to agree with Scott, unless it's cast iron, or something like that.
    6. beyemvey beyemvey, 6 years ago
      Hi Bill... I said haft, perhaps a better choice of word would have been "tang" which is the part used to haft a knife to a handle or an arrowhead to a shaft... I was thinking it might be either a uniface knife blade or perhaps a uniface hafted scraper used in the preparation of hides. A uniface tool is struck from a core so that it is roughly flat on one side and usually crudely worked for a specific purpose on the other. This example is quite crude, and from just photos, impossible to tell if it is genuine, but along either side of the roughly central ridge it looks like a hammer stone was used to thin the blade. It also looks as if a flake was removed from the other side of the tang and snapped off to make it easier to haft. If it is a genuine artifact, it has also probably suffered some wear and damage and was probably lost or discarded. I was looking for a comparable... best I could find is this South American uniface blade, though it is from a different culture and it looks like a little more effort went into the making... I won't go so far as to say that this object was conclusively man made, though to my eye it does look worked by human hands into a very basic tool.
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 years ago
      It has no sign of being worked, rock, but that said, a fast moving river can wear a rock smooth. The left picture is misleading, because it makes it look like it has a sharp edge, which it doesn't, as far as I can tell from the right picture, and it's 1 1/2" thick. It's just too hard to tell anything, from the pictures here. It almost looks like slag metal of some kind.
    8. beyemvey beyemvey, 6 years ago
      You may be right Bill. If it is 1.5" thick at the edges for sure!
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 6 years ago
      Here is something like it, but no info or dimensions. Post #12 Grizzly Adams:
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      I,m with Scottvez except it looks more like cast iron or something worn naturally.
    11. Militarist Militarist, 6 years ago
      Is it magnetic? If so it could be a piece of weathered shrapnel.
    12. Dannytwofeathers Dannytwofeathers, 4 years ago
      It is,paleolithic spear point killing big game,bear bison and other large animals,once,they are,down they spear for quick death sorry for the blunt language,but i speak truth wild game,was sometimes hard,to kill but they always hunted with bows and spearing while wounded was a common practice so if you type paleolithic you will find your timeline nice,find i have found,a,few,of these points,and infact it was at the same spot were my artworks,were located here in bethania north carolina,

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