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Polished Stone Articles

Used By The 

Aborigines of New York 

Before and During European Occupation

William M. Beauchamp

Reprint of the 1897 first edition of the Bulletin of the New York State Museum, Volume 4, Number 18

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

The polished stone artifacts of the Empire State as described in 1897 by William M. Beauchamp.  There are some very nice illustrations of the ornaments and implements used before and during the European occupation. 

The hafted celt (shown on the cover and below) is of particular interest.  It is described as: "Fig. 1 presents one remarkable and antique example. It is a celt of the common rounded form found in the peat and muck at Chittenango Creek long ago, seven feet under ground. It is the only ancient handle locally preserved, and has suffered much from age yet it is still fifteen and one half inches long by two and one quarter broad. It tapers from the axe to the end of the handle. The orifice in this is shown at b, and has evidently been finished, at least, by heat. In this the fine greenstone celt, elliptical in section, exactly fits. This is five and three eighths inches long and two wide, the form being quite common. It was dug up in excavating for the canal feeder."

This 6-1/2" x 9", 129 page soft cover book contains 93 pages of text and 36 full page plates illustrating 245 polished stone artifacts.   $12.95  

   

 
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