Help Identifying Native American artifact

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  1. Jayhawk82

    Jayhawk82 New Member

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    Found in a box of native American artifacts including arrow heads and war clubs at an estate auction in North Dakota. Looks to be polished quartz and is 4 inches long. The shape is of a bird with a hole drilled for the eye. Any information on who could have carved it and the time period would be appreciated.
     
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    This was a happenstance.
    The item you found in the box is "tumble/polished" in modern times.
    It is not an artifact by any measure.
    Agate is quite often polished in this method because of the nature/beauty of the material.
    The hole is incidental.
    Any chance you could post some of the artifacts from the box?
    Artifacts along with fossils are my greatest passion, other than my spouse.

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    Looks like a piece of agate to me. I agree , hole is incidental.
     
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    I'm just not so sure of this one. I have seen MANY bird effigy stones and pipes that are very similar to this form. One pic I could not find is almost that exact shape. It could easily be a failed attempt. I have attached a few pics I took out of the Ohio archaeologist magazine of some different forms of bird effigies. I am sure I have seen many many more. For a case in point I also took a picture of a stone I found many years ago while hunting arrowheads (last two pics). It was different, but I never thought much of it and was never sure if it was man made or not. About six months ago I took it to an arrowhead show to get some help with an ID. A collector offered me $100.00 - on the spot no questions asked. Turns out it is a preform for a notched ovate bannerstone - which is pretty rare.
     

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