Skip to comments.Walker 'Stone Tools' Weren't Made By Humans, State Archaeologist Says
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."
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Crude Stone Tool?
I don't care who you are - that's funny.
It is devastating! Not looking good for these being real tools.
A sex stone: friggin rock.
If that's a prehistoric tool then I've got a whole backyard full of them.
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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.
"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.
You know, I'm not 100% in love with your tone right now.