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August 2, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Columns 2 Comments
Projectile Point August What's that

This prehistoric stone tool was found by a BRL reader off Harmony Church Road, South of Hamilton. It was made of quartz during the Archaic Period. Projectile points and related tools have been categorized into hundreds of types based on where they were found, their shape, size, and method of production. Within the types there is a great deal of variation. This small point — the size of a quarter — was probably worked down from a larger point of the same basic shape that became dull or broken through use. It features a slightly concave base that is thinned in the center, notches that flare upward to rounded shoulders, and resharpened excurvate blades that end in a rather dull tip. It is thick for its small size. These traits lead me to identify it as a modified Stanly Stemmed projectile point dating from 5000 to 6000 B.C. Mike Clem believes it is more similar to a modified Halifax Notched Point dating to about 3,500 B.C. Either way, it is fine evidence of the people who lived in Loudoun County long ago.

*Angelo Iasiello submitted this item found on his property off of Flint Farm road in Round Hill. The property used to be a peach farm.According to Mike: It’s an interesting piece related to the farm heritage of the area. The item is a mower guard from an old sickle mower. These mowers were first used in the late 1800’s and were horse drawn. They are still used today on tractors but to a lesser degree since regular rotary mowers have replaced them. Generally sickle mowers were used to cut hay and straw. The item is a guard that protected the blades of the mower. I can’t tell you exactly how old it is since they’ve changed very little over the past century. I’d guess that it’s from the mid to early 1900’s based on the wear and rust. I’ve attached a couple of pictures for you to look at. One is an old 1909 advertisement and the other is a modern version. You could also stop by any farm equipment store and see a new one too. Thanks so much for the photo!

2 comments

  1. anon says:

    Wow. 3,500 to 6,000 years old! That quartz point is amazing. I love to think of the prehistoric people who, I hope, loved Loudoun as much as I do.

  2. Carol says:

    I got a kick out of the rusty thingy. I need to send my “finds” in!

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