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Archaeologist for the last 30 years. Norh American generalist and Hopwell culture/Red Ocher culture specifically. Lithics Expert and Ground Stone tools.

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Numerous museums in US and Canada. Several University Anthropology Departments.

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2017-01-08 Stone axe?:

Hi Jim,    This is a very odd object and is not typical of ground stone tools like an axe.  While it does have "sharp edges", the configuration or shape does not lend itself to being halted.  It may be

2017-01-08 Stone axe?:

Hi Jim,    It is an odd item.  Could you take three more photos of this object?  I need to see the two ends and a view from above with the object standing on edge.  Also please include a tape measure or

2016-10-11 Found this:

Hi Jim,    What you have is a very classic side scraper.  This is a tool most commonly used in scraping hides and making tinder for fires.  Your appears to be made of a brown chert or perhaps a type of

2016-10-03 Methodology and theory:

Hi Dave,    To a degree you are correct.  Archaeologists do make assumptions.  These are based on ethnographic studies as well as extensive research, including speaking to local residents about the site

2016-09-26 Akhenaten - followup:

Hi Amtry,    Monotheism is the worship of one God.  What Akhenaten did was revolutionary and indeed monotheistic in nature.  Just because it was the sun disk, does not change the meaning of monotheism


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