We had a new crewmember join us on our weekly rounds of the Cienega sites.
He had just been introduced to archaeology through the Site Steward classes.
He was quick to identify ceramics - pottery sherds - on the ground but was having trouble identifying lithics – stone tools or debitage.
We found four projectile points one day and he was disgusted that he was not one of the ‘finders.’
Last week I heard this emphatic “YES!”
He walked to me hand outstretched on which he had a projectile point.
It was dirty so I cleaned it off a bit.
“Wow! Bingo!” I said to him.
“You have an archaic point and it is obsidian! A rare find indeed!”
I held the point up to the sun and by golly it was green obsidian - very rare in this area.
“You have green obsidian to boot. It comes from Mexico,” I said to him.
“Yep! I purchased it for $2.00 at the Gem and Mineral Show last week!”
I am such a fish and get hooked easily!