|Fairburn Agate Tools!
Fairburn agates, can be tools or artifacts, so
here are the distinguishing characteristics...
Fred is an artifact hunter expert as
well as has a keen eye for identifying agate tools, and he is the one that got me started
on looking for knap marks on agates.
Many agate collectors are unaware of
the fact that an agate may be even more valuable, by virtue of being an
artifact created and used by the Indian tribes.
So what makes an agate a possible
- Size: usually several ounces
(look at size and fit to the hand)
(Indians liked bright colors and bold striping)
- Quality of Banding
(More narrow bands = more valuable and possibly more likely an Indian
- Number of Bands:
(softer quartz rock, easier to use and shape with knapping tools)
- Shape of Agate
(does it fit the hand well?)
- Knapp marks
(look for rounded depressions and nick marks, as well as thumb wear
and smoothed spots due to use)
- Is it an artifact?
This Doubles the Value!
Current prices can be found on
www.ebay.com and doing a search for
fairburn agate. You will find that large fairburn agates fetch a price
that is unbelievable!
How to know a "REAL Artifact"!
This fairburn agate is even more valuable as it is an artifact,
and was used as a tool by the Indians.
Note the shape of the agate that it
easily fits the hand, and that the agate was knapped or notched out in
the lower right corner to make the agate easier to hold. There are
several edges on the agate that were used for knapping, smoothing and
pounding. When you look at your agates note smoothed edges, worn parts
that are smooth to the touch. Grip the agate like you would use it as a
hammer, or a grinder. Knappers will be covered in detail later in the
As an agate hunter, I find that some of
the most beautiful agates are also stone agate tools, since the
Indians loved to use beautiful agates in their daily work.
Fred has an extensive collection of
agate stone tools, which are similar in shapes and sizes to their uses.
This collection will be featured in a new edition of the website.
has additional information on these Indian agate artifact tools is
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