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34406RE: RE: [SCA-Archery] making arrows

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  • James Koch
    Oct 1, 2013
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      Gentlemen & Ladies,
      Parts were purchased all the way back in prehistoric times. Here in
      Ohio there is a long ridge of flint "Flint Ridge" that was uncovered
      by a glacier during one of the ice ages. The flint is pink and white
      and can easily be distinguished from flint mined in other parts of
      North America. At the ridge there are plenty of pits and piles of
      scrap from flint knapping. Due to the difficulty of transport, the
      projectile points were fabricated where the flint was dug out of the
      ground. These were than carried back to the home villages of the
      natives for later trade. The points were traded mostly Southward in
      exchange for complete arrows, ceramics, and carved stone pipes. The
      stone pipes have been found in the burial mounds of central and
      Southern Ohio. The stone pipes were made in Mexico from stone found
      there. Projectile points made in Ohio of Ohio flint can be found in
      archaeological sites in Mexico. This was of course all indirect
      trade. No one actually carried a canoe load of flint points from
      Ohio directly to Mexico.
      Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"
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