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Originally posted by Monger
The 'rune-ish' carvings did strike me as being out of place.
Here is a photo that intrigues me somehow, wonder why they used quartz. It’s beautiful…isn’t it?
I would suspect that what we are looking at is a coloured quartz tip that has been placed on a mocked-up point to give it context. Quartz is not particularly workable as a toolstone because it doesn't tend to fracture in a conchoidal manner like flint and chert, even obsidian. You just don't get the kind of cleavage that you see on the bottom of that representation. I have excavated small quartz points that looked like failed attempts as the stone just won't cooperate. On the other hand, I have an atlatl point of fine-grained quartzite...it doesn't have the edge but sure looks pretty.
Originally posted by Trueman
reply to post by ipsedixit
I was thinking the same about it. Must be a symbol of distinction or used for ceremonial activities. Otherwise, they would find many more like that one.
The perfect cuts on this one in particular calls my attention. Unusual.
The Aché are also known as the Axe people. In the past they have been called the Guaiaqui
Genetic analyses suggest that the Aché are a group of mixed biological origin containing about 60-65% Tupí-Guaraní genes and 35-40% of their genes with affinities to the Macro-Ge (also known as Jé) language family. The Aché are also culturally and biologically distinct from the neighboring Guarani. Early descriptions of the Aché emphasized their white skin, light eye and hair color, beards