Eolith or Geofact ?

In the fall of 2006, I first layed eyes on the first pieces in this collection, though I did’nt know it at the time.In my off time from working in the construction trades, I outfitted my self as a guide and began giving various people tours on a set of lakes outside the city, hunting, canoeing , camping and nature watching.The area at that time was under threat of development as a new highway project. At the same time one of the lakes in the chain recived a large repair to an existing dam which began to give way. An area below the dam was cleared and the roadway leading to it and just beyond it was extended, It was in this area I first took note of the unusually shaped and coloured stone.In the spring I began collecting, wire wrapping small stones for jewelery as gifts and to wear.In 2008, I approached the Natural History Museum after seeing patterens of human design in the stones I had collected. Tools projectile points, cutters, scrapers, trap triggers, hand axes as well as representing animals and people in effigy.“Not culturally significant,” was the assessment, after the sceduled appointment with the Curator of Archaeology, to view ten pieces, though I brought many more…I tried a second time with the Museums Collections Unit Manager as well as the Assistant Curator of Archaeology and a Anthropologist collegue of theirs who arrived moments before they wrapped our meeting up,. The assessment was the same, “not culturally significant.”These meetings lead me on the journey of my life to where I sit today, having reasearched this subject, documenting these increadable works of art to the point where I can share them with you, the world.I am not alone in this struggle or in struggles like it, I sit in good company. Archaeologists often disagree about which are the works of humans and which are the works of nature. A great example is L.S.B. Leaky, Dr Leaky’s work in Africa at Olduval Gorge became world famous. His work at the end of his career, before his death in 1972, at the Calico site is portrayed by many in Archaeolgy as an embarrasment if its mentioned at all, though today there is now a growing body of evidence that pushes American Archaeology’s established time lines back.My hope is that because of tecnology like we are using here today, that this collection can be seen and recognised for what it is and given to the people to day and in the future to learn from and enjoy, and not ridden over and dissmissed.

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