Flint Ballast, Rocky Connections With Europe


On the East Coast of North America, nodules of flint often are encountered in ballast piles.  Many archaeologists assert an ability to identify visually when these are of European origin. While, anecdotally, this appears to be generally true, most archaeologists cannot articulate the specific factors they employ in making the identification.  This project, which builds on Barbara Luedtke’s 1992 work, examines geological terminology, tests the visual identification assertion, and employs XRF and SEM analyses to determine if it is possible to derive a means of accurately making these identifications.

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Flint Ballast, Rocky Connections With Europe. Susan Langley, Raymond L Hayes, Laszlo Takacs, Marina Congedo. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434649)

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Ballast Flint Physics

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 14