Browsing All posts tagged under »flintknapping«

Throwing Spear – Part 1

January 4, 2010

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Instead of writing another huge post, I’m going to cut this one into several pieces which will be posted throughout the week.  This may turn out to be a better format in general. IN THIS POST: I’ll introduce the purpose and scope of the current discussion.  I’ll also introduce some concepts that will help with […]

Plant, Animal, and Stone

November 24, 2009

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Did you miss me?  So did I.  In this post, I’ll talk about the museum I visited the weekend before last and about flintknapping. As I said, the weekend was a lot of fun.  My father took me to visit the Connecticut Museum of Mining & Mineral Science in Kent, CT.  There a man named […]

Miscellaneous Update

November 15, 2009

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Greetings! I had a good weekend.  🙂 But, once again, the full report will not be immediate.  I have to admit, this month is proving to be overwhelming.  There’s a lot going on in addition to my first month of Grok Project.  But I foresee getting the hang of the project (insomuch as that is […]

In Connecticut

November 13, 2009

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Here I am in Connecticut!  This promises to be a wet weekend, so attempt #1 of fire-making may have to be postponed.  But I’m on track to learn flintknapping with John Pawloski tomorrow.  I will, of course, let you all know how it goes. Thank you for reading.  🙂

An Interesting Twist

November 11, 2009

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IN THIS POST: Theory and practice of twisted rope and how I spent my weekend. Much of paleolithic technology is about simple mechanics.  To many people, the word “mechanics” refers to machinery the likes of which one does not see in a paleolithic culture.  But to a physicist, mechanics is just the way various materials […]

Paper Mill Hill

November 6, 2009

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Can anyone tell me where Paper Mill Hill in Peabody, MA is, specifically?  Is it on someone’s private property?  According to http://www.mindat.org/loc-33589.html it seems there is some chert (flint) to be found there.  The first challenge of making stone tools is to find the right rocks to work with!  If I can’t find a natural […]

Plotting and Scheming

November 4, 2009

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A friend of mine, who happens to be a biologist, commented on my last post.  She raised a good point about the paleolithic diet.  The principle of the diet is that it’s better to eat what “the cave men” ate.  But even if you accept that principle, there remains the controversial question of what those […]