Post by legacyofthesword on May 12, 2018 21:14:25 GMT
Here's my first and only (so far): a novaculite knife that I bought from forum member celegon. I'm quite impressed with it's sturdiness; the pine-pitch glue used to secure the blade in the handle slot is very hard.
To tell the truth my Stone Age weapon collection exceeds that of my edged weapon collection in numbers. Here’s only one of many of varying sizes. I believe it to be a hand held skull breaker but would like any other opinions.
At any rate you gave me a cause to use my new camera that I received only this morning. The LCD view finder in the other died and evidently that model is history. I did find a used one on Amazon of the same type that appears to be refurbished although they didn’t say that. The price was good, and I already knew how it worked, so no hours of reading the manual and testing. All that was needed was to move over the already formatted memory card, batteries, wrist strap and set the time/date. The case and tripod were already on hand. I hate learning a new piece of equipment.
As a matter of fact I do have some smaller ones and thinking on it that was probably their intent. Thanks, I now know.
MA in my area doesn’t seem big, unfortunately. And the people don’t seem to take much interest in history and some of their lack of knowledge surprises me. For an example I heard that Costa Rica was part of Mexico at one time from what I considered an unreliable source and asked several ticos including my instructor at school and always got a negative answer and at times strange looks. I read two history books and nothing was mentioned. I found the answer through Wikipedia and Costa Rica was indeed part of the Mexican Empire. This was a short lived government and involved the two countries immediately of the session from Spain, both occurring in 1821. I do wish the ticos were more history orientated as I would like to attend ren fairs, join a HEMA group, etc.
The smaller club is recent (late 20th century); the larger club is antique.
New Guinea, black palm bow and arrows:
Arrows are bamboo shafts with a mix of hardwood heads (long needle-like points) and bamboo heads (broader blades). The arrows are quite long, and unfletched. Don't have a string for this bow. Was probably a strip of bamboo - the un-nocked arrows would have sat against the flat side of the strip.
New Guinea, sword club:
Massim (eastern New Guinea). Recently made.
New Guinea, dagger:
Cassowary bone, late 20th century.
The long one is a classic Fijian-style gunstock club, recently made (late 20th century, probably carved in Australia). The other gunstock club above it is probably late 20th century, made in Fiji for tourist sale. The bottom left club is a cast plastic replica of an original.
China, polished axe head:
Missing: slings (might photograph some in the near future), some touristy clubs, some modern knapped stone spear points, boomerangs (my boomerangs are in my office), and some more bows from New Guinea (also in my office).
I’ve got these that I considered primitive rather than stone age.
Bamboo blowpipe. I made the dart and fire hardened this morning for photo. I used a blowpipe much in the past, but of aluminium as they are more efficient. Great for pest control and I’ve taken out pests from flies to possums. I’m not sure which I liked the most terminating a rat w/blowpipe or running them down and giving a whack with a machete. I considered the later a great sport.
The spear is only a few years old and I keep it near a gate entrance hidden amongst other bamboo so as not to attract attention.
Post by legacyofthesword on May 15, 2018 4:46:32 GMT
My younger brother's friend made a quick and cheap atlatl. I gave it a try, and was very impressed with how much it improved range and power. We were just using light sticks as "darts", but it was a significant upgrade from just using arm power.
human Erectus hand axe, 1.2 million to 500,000 years old (early Paleolithic, Acheulian), found in the northern Sahara desert in Algeria.
Neanderthal scraper, 80,000 to 40,000 years old (middle Paleolithic, Mousterian), found in a prehistoric shelter in the rocks near Plazac, Dordogne, France.
Flint scraper, Michelsberg culture, approximately 5150 years old (late Neolithic), found in Rijckholt, Limburg, the Netherlands. These people were the first to build mines in the Netherlands, which can still be visited.
Two flint knives, Funnelbeaker culture, 4400 to 2700 BC (Neolithic), found in Vejle, Jutland, Denmark. The Funnelbeaker people are known for the hunebeds (megalithic tombs) they built in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
I have multiple Stone Age stuff in my collection, a couple of originals but mostly reproductions.
These are the ones made by D.C. Waldorf: Solutrean leaf point, made of Knife River chalcedony
Oh, that's a particularly beautiful one, that. It almost looks like a piece of jewelry.
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ouroboros: Nice! Ever get up this way bring your hakama
Feb 19, 2020 15:16:11 GMT
RufusScorpius: Looks like I might be going to Mexico City soon. After that, Denver.
Feb 19, 2020 12:05:36 GMT
ouroboros: Very interesting O'Scorp. Sounds like rail will keep you busy and travelling too!
Feb 19, 2020 11:44:47 GMT
RufusScorpius: I'm the senior manager for north America for a company that provides training for the railroad industry.
Feb 19, 2020 10:32:42 GMT
ouroboros: What's the industry?
Feb 19, 2020 3:38:44 GMT
RufusScorpius: I've been busy since I got home. if N America wasn't enough for me, we are expanding this year into Latin America. Because I don't have enough on my plate as it is.
Feb 19, 2020 2:19:24 GMT
ouroboros: I think I've .... said too much
Feb 19, 2020 1:09:19 GMT
ouroboros: No, my old employer did that in cooperation with legal fees and my kids drove a cannonball deep and I'm takin on water...
Feb 19, 2020 1:07:01 GMT
RufusScorpius: I think I killed the shoutbox...
Feb 18, 2020 23:07:25 GMT
RufusScorpius: I wish I had the time to do more of that sort of thing. Wouldn't that be an awesome way to make a living?
Feb 16, 2020 16:29:02 GMT
ouroboros: Dulls the pain a bit, yup. That was some inspiring sharing from your trip. Thanks for taking the time to include us in your adventure
Feb 16, 2020 13:38:41 GMT
RufusScorpius: I think my head is good now. the beer seems to have helped the leg problems.
Feb 16, 2020 13:23:08 GMT
ouroboros: How is your head and knee? I understand the beer was worth the trip?
Feb 16, 2020 13:01:14 GMT
ouroboros: Master Scorp, glad you returned home safe
Feb 16, 2020 12:59:49 GMT
RufusScorpius: You look great Ouro! I appreciate your skills and fear your fighting style. <sarcasm >
Feb 16, 2020 12:29:02 GMT
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