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that was about 50% complete. The bit end was nowhere to be seen but the relative thinness of the midsection of this adze told the story behind the break. Beveled adzes were used by the Lamokas to shape wood. They were hafted in a way that would allow them to be used in a manner similar to a modern hoe. The sharpened bits of these adzes effectively chiseled their way into logs to create dugouts.
    Prior to this hunt, I had personally recovered only three ground stone adzes from this site. All three were incomplete, with the best one about 80% intact. I was amazed at Dan's find because it had been perhaps 10 years since a portion of an adze had been found and I hunt this site every chance I get. 
    After savoring the adze fragment for a moment Dan held it in his hand and I snapped a picture of it. The artifact finds seemed to be getting better for us as the day wore on. I purposely decided to make this area the last to be searched so that we would likely end our Saturday hunt on a high note. The last time Dan and I hunted this site together we started on the bottomland and were a bit dejected when the higher knolls turned out to be less productive. 
    We had been searching for about two hours and thirty minutes and I had been experiencing a bit of a lull in the action. Dan continued his streak by finding yet another fragment of a beveled adze. I was flabbergasted! Two adze fragments in one day was too much to believe. Even more amazing was that, again, the fragment was nestled amongst some of the larger chunks of shale. Such conditions make it almost impossible for artifacts to be seen and even less likely to survive the damaging effects of farm implements that churn these angular rocks into an artifact blender of sorts. Even though the second adze fragment represented less than 25% of the whole tool I was feeling a bit jealous. My collecting companion had scored two adze finds in one day to my three over a 20 year period!
    After more Lamoka points and point

fragments were recovered we began to pick up some very distinctive tools that were transported to the site. We recovered a total of 2 pitted stones, or "nutting stones" as they are sometimes called, and a nicely worn granite hammerstone. For some collectors they are less than impressive but I almost always take home the hammerstones, boiling stones, pitted stones, and pestles that I find. These types of artifacts round out the Lamoka lithic tool assemblage that is found on this site.
    As we neared the end of our search of the sandy bottomland flat we began to account for our finds for the day. Dan asked me what the record was for the most artifacts recovered on this site in a single day. I told him that we had to beat thirty two and also posited that we were likely approaching that record. What I was to find next, if weighted to account for quality, was certain to put us well beyond the previous record. 
    Our systematic search eventually brought us  to the southern edge of the sandy flat encampment area. Once finished with the last few passes we would head out and call it a successful

day, very pleased with the artifacts we were fortunate to have collected. We had just completed a pass and turned to double back. I took about 2 steps and immediately stopped. While looking down and to my right my eye caught a glimpse of an artifact whose shape I had been waiting to see again for many years. Even though it was very light against the sandy soil of the same color the shape was unmistakable. I knew that the schist from which it was typically made was supposed to be dark but it was coated with the tan residue of the sandy soil. Its finely shaped lines were easily discernible, I would later comment that even a novice collector would have had no difficulty in recognizing this stone as an artifact. 
    Just after I stopped I quietly said " Oh man...Dan," and motioned toward the fully exposed artifact that patiently awaited my grasp after 5,000 years of neglect. Up to this point Dan and I had disciplined ourselves to leave our finds in-situ until we could get a photo. I had waited far too long for a find like this to let it sit there for even another second. I reached down and lifted a Lamoka

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