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Hixton Silicifed Sandstone - Silver Mound - Wisconsin Public Television Barry Howe Lethal Lithics

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Published on Aug 11, 2010

This is a segment from Wisconsin Public Television's "Wisconsin Stories" series, "We're Rockin' episode, originally aired in 2000. We are given a tour of the rockshelter at Silver Mound, and I give a little flintknapping demonstration. I also display a few of the projectile points I made out of Hixton Silicified Sandstone, a unique orthoquartzite material highly sought after by indians of all periods, and by modern colllectors. Silver mound is comparable to Flint Ridge in Ohio in terms of the sheer volume of stone indians quarried there over the millennia.

When filming this segment, the director had me knapping in the background. I tried to be quiet so as not to drown out the hosts. I thought I was doing them a favor, but it turned out they had wanted me to bash away. Oops. That's what happens when you work with an amateur!

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