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Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by slow-bow, Jan 4, 2007.
Lost Lake From Grayson co KY
Lerma Hardin County KY
deadaim.....thats some beautiful flaking on that Lost Lake.
Educate me on the difference between a Lerma and a Morse knife. My dive buddy found a 8 3/4" killer a few years ago and everyone called it a Morse knife. Shaped like your Lerma. Both Morse Knife and Lerma are out of our region but it fit the type.
Morse knife is from the woodland period it is a large to very large (6 to 14 inches) ovoid knife with a flattened cross section. The blade is excurvate with the tip curving in, becoming widest at the top one third to one half the blade, and curving back in towards the base. The blade may become more parallel towards the bottom quarter of the blade giving the knife a stemmed appearance. The base varies from straight to slightly concave with rounded basal corners. Most examples have a high quality of workmanship and a random flaking pattern.
Lerma is much older Transitional Paleo to Middle Archaic My Lerma is the round base type it is a medium to large ovoid point with a flattened to elliptical cross section. The blade is excurvate. Some examples have parallel sides. The blade is generally straight at the hafting region. The base may vary from convex to having a pointed base. The hafting area is commonly ground. The flaking pattern may vary from parallel or oblique transverse in early examples to random flaking. This point is made with broad percussion flaking finished with finer pressure flaking along the edges. One thing on my example that is unusual is halfway to the tip it has a beveled edge. I'm not sure if it was picked up by a later culture and beveled or made that way original I think the latter considering the patina and deposits are the same. That is one of the finest made examples I have seen and made from Sonora. I was lucky to get it I was just in the right place at the right time.......I paid dearly for it.
Thanks for the lesson. Good stuff and some straight up killer examples!!!
Yes I agree. Love seeing the pics.
Big Sandies all KY
Magnificent!!! Just made a mess in my pants
WOW!!! Thanks for the look.