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While wandering last week in the South Luangwa national park in Zambia, I picked up this small ?flint flake from the ground. It is very thin - perhaps 5mm at the thickest portion.



I'd be most grateful for your thoughts.

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Can someone offer insights into this Zambian stone sample?
« Reply #1 on: 04/08/2011 17:02:21 »
No one likes my rock enough to comment... :(
 

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« Reply #2 on: 04/08/2011 17:23:26 »
Awwww. Well, it certainly has a rocky look about it, and, unless that's one enormous pencil, it's not a very big rock.

(The rockers must be on their hols.)
 

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« Reply #3 on: 05/08/2011 01:17:42 »
Now Chris, it's OK. I'm here and will attempt to identify this specimen.

Looks like a tool flake from some jasper (flint / chert.) It wouldn't be as good a tool source as pure chert because of the iron in it but is would cut well enough for a kill and some butchering.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 05/08/2011 10:46:43 »
Hi Jim

thanks a million; so you think it's been worked? That was my opinion because of the dimension (thin) and the angles of the edges.

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« Reply #5 on: 05/08/2011 11:11:57 »
It's not a rock !...it's a petrified crisp. If you had sought further clues in the locale you may have wandered across some petrified guacamole....some people mistake it for Aventurine.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 06/08/2011 00:16:54 »
Shut up Neil. Just because you win awards doesn't mean you know what you are talking about crisps? Heck, they are POTATO CHIP!  (the English!, hrumph)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 06/08/2011 02:02:31 »
You know, taking a closer look, I think Neil could be right. If so, that would mean potatoes originated in Africa rather than the Americas.

Chris, you didn't happen to notice any evidence of a petrified potato chip factory while you were there?
 

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