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A point of history in Colonie

Archaeologists say stone tools used in hunting, can tell history of area

Two archaeologists are putting on a presentation discussing various stone tools found in the Town of Colonie on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the William K. Sanford Library

Two archaeologists are putting on a presentation discussing various stone tools found in the Town of Colonie on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the William K. Sanford Library

— Franklin said it is important to look at these artifacts because they can tell you whether or not there was a repeated occupation in a particular area. He added that several sites in the town were occupied several times over hundred-year spans.

The artifacts can also give information as to where some tribes have migrated from, with some of them coming from as far as Maine of the Ohio Valley. Kirk said what he and Frank Cowan will be discussing on Oct. 29 are the type of points that were discovered and what style they are.

“Archaeologists, through radio carbon dating, can say something about the time period in which these came from,” Kirk said. “What we understand archaeologically is how native people were living, what the environment was like, what the social conditions were like and what type of trade relations there were.”

Kirk said they are able to come to these conclusions through using a whole range of artifacts that were discovered. He said by looking at the morphology of an artifact, you can tell that they have changed at a steady and predictable rate. Kirk added that Cowan will also be discussing flint knapping, which is how to start with just a regular piece of stone and work it into a specific tool.

Franklin said it is nice to have the knowledge of where these artifacts have come from and that there is always something new to learn. Some of the tools found could have been used to skin hides and some of them could have been used to perforate leather to lace up with string.

“What’s amazing is a lot of these points when they are recovered from the ground, they could cut you,” Franklin said. “They’re still very sharp… I hope people will show and enjoy the day and learn about the Native American occupation in Colonie.”

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