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Walker 'Stone Tools' Weren't Made By Humans, State Archaeologist Says
Star Tribune ^ | 3-5-2007 | Robert Franklin

Posted on 03/05/2007 4:32:27 PM PST by blam

Walker 'stone tools' weren't made by humans, state archaeologist says

By Robert Franklin, Star Tribune

Materials found on a hill above Walker, Minn., were not clearly stone tools dating back 13,000 to 14,000 years, the state archaeologist has concluded. Several experienced archaeologists have concluded that "the great majority of the collection was produced by natural processes," State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson said. "There were a few 'maybe' flakes [of stone], and there were clearly no stone tools of obvious human manufacture or use."

Nor is it likely that people lived in the "very uninviting environment" of the Late Glacial age in northern Minnesota, Anfinson said in an eight-page paper dated Feb. 20 and released today.

However, archaeologists involved in the find say they haven't changed their minds that there's enough at the site to protect it and look at the possibilities of human habitation.

"None of the artifacts are what we would call a museum piece, I suppose," said David Mather, the state's archaeologist for the National Register of Historic Places.

At one meeting of archaeologists, Mather said, "the majority of people I talked to felt there were some genuine artifacts or something they did not feel comfortable dismissing."

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeologist; godsgravesglyphs; humans; stonetools; walker

1 posted on 03/05/2007 4:32:30 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Crude Stone Tool?

2 posted on 03/05/2007 4:33:44 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Rock.


3 posted on 03/05/2007 4:39:52 PM PST by stockpirate (Rudy would be Very Bad for this country and Very Bad for the Republican Party!)
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I don't care who you are - that's funny.


5 posted on 03/05/2007 4:49:46 PM PST by whizkid (If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.)
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To: Fstrt5
"So easy, a therapist could do it"
6 posted on 03/05/2007 5:32:52 PM PST by Cheapskate ( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
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To: blam
Click through to the article, then to the archaeologist's report.

It is devastating! Not looking good for these being real tools.

7 posted on 03/05/2007 6:21:21 PM PST by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: stockpirate

damn.

8 posted on 03/05/2007 6:36:17 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

LOL


9 posted on 03/05/2007 6:37:01 PM PST by stockpirate (Rudy would be Very Bad for this country and Very Bad for the Republican Party!)
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To: blam

A sex stone: friggin rock.


10 posted on 03/05/2007 6:38:57 PM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: blam

If that's a prehistoric tool then I've got a whole backyard full of them.


11 posted on 03/05/2007 6:46:01 PM PST by joebuck
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam. Eoliths info.

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12 posted on 03/05/2007 9:27:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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a prehistoric tool:

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13 posted on 03/05/2007 9:38:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, February 19, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv
Thanks for the ping.

Crude Stone Tool?

Yes...if it is the same one I picked up & used one day, because it was handy.

Sometimes a handy stone of the right size & configuration can save me a long walk back to the barn or a campsite to get a REAL tool. Use it once & throw it away; they get the job at hand done a little quicker than other wise.

Call them "a tool of opportunity".

I've pounded on several different things with a lot of different rocks in my time, but that didn't make them "hammer stones", either.

Then I bought a good pair of fence tool pliers & scabbard.

Now about the only thing I use rocks for is to throw at the deer raiding the bird feeders. Oh, and when I run out of used sparkplugs rock fishing, I'll tie on a rock, since I hate tossing perfectly good, expensive lead into the ocean. Finding one with a hole through it isn't hard.

14 posted on 03/05/2007 10:12:44 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: stockpirate

Scissors.


15 posted on 03/05/2007 10:25:16 PM PST by null and void ("It is not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude." - Rev. Ike)
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To: dangus

Darn you!


16 posted on 03/05/2007 10:25:40 PM PST by null and void ("It is not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude." - Rev. Ike)
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To: SunkenCiv

LOL!


17 posted on 03/06/2007 2:22:52 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: ApplegateRanch

"Oh, and when I run out of used sparkplugs rock fishing, "

You use sparkplugs to rockfish? Please tell me, how does that work?

I use rocks for loads of things too.


18 posted on 03/06/2007 7:12:48 AM PST by CJ Wolf (fisherman want's to know.)
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To: Fstrt5

You know, I'm not 100% in love with your tone right now.


19 posted on 03/06/2007 7:13:55 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

"Looks like somebody woke up on the wrong side of the rock."


21 posted on 03/06/2007 10:03:41 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Have patience with me Jesus - I'm trying)
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To: CJ Wolf
I used to live near the N. Cal & S. Or coasts, and would wade out at low tide to large rocks, and cast into the kelp beds. Lost a lot of tackle that way, until I was taught the sparkplug trick. Take a lunch & plenty to drink, so you can fish the incoming tide, and wait for the next low tide to leave.

Have to make certain the rocks are safe at high tide, and study your tide tables. On the slack & outgoing, you can fish from the seaward side or the flanks; on the incoming, stick to the shoreward side to avoid sneakers while you have less rock to protect you.

Close the sparkplug gap completely, and then attach to the end of your line with a snapswivel. Unlike the usual leader, use line as heavy as your spooled line. Start rigging your hooks a couple of feet above that in the normal manner. The whole rig ends up being about 6 or 7 feet long, so you need a long rod to cast it, and a bait that stay on the hooks...squid or mussles work good, as do a lot of the shelled stuff growing on & attached to, the rocks.

When (not if LOL) the plug (if the ocean is rough or the the plugs are small ones you may need two) get hung up on the bottom, then either the snap opens, or the bendable electrode opens the gap. Either way you're freed, and all you lost was a used sparkplug.

My favorite spot was S. Or, where a wide, flat ridge ran out about 100 yards to a rock about 30' high. The ridge formed a firm causeway that was mainly knee deep at low tide, so you could see where you were stepping.
Not deep enough for bottom fish, but mainly sea trout, cabazone,and the occasional 'sea bass' were pretty plentiful, among others.

22 posted on 03/06/2007 12:56:04 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Big thanks! and to think I used to throw those things away. Now I gotta make some room in my tackle box. That is a great idea and environmentally friendly (at least compared to the lead sinkers I always loose) :-)


23 posted on 03/06/2007 1:01:39 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: CJ Wolf

No problemo. Glad to help.


24 posted on 03/06/2007 1:56:15 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: blam

nanana nanana - I hear the strains of music from ....... "The Twilight Zone." Who did make the tools?


25 posted on 03/06/2007 3:57:31 PM PST by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty means vote dilution, & increased taxes to bring us down to the world poverty level.)
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