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I found this today near a creek bed and it has a bone appearance with sockets.  Can anybody identify this?

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I think you have forgotten the pic...

 

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This looks like chert and limestone to me.

Does the porous part fizz when exposed to some white vinegar?

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Hmm. Could be just weathered chert.

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Brad, does it have a higher pitched ring when struck with something solid?

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No it doesn't have a high pitch ring.  I wish I could get better pictures but this is as good as it gets for now.  I'm almost 100% positive this is bone.  I'm just wondering if there are any bones in the human hip that resemble this.  I tried dipping it in HCL and it didn't fizz in that either.  If it is bone it's extremely old because it's got weight and it's very solid.  It's broken so it makes it harder to identify.  The sockets where the brown spots are look like bone marrow.

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Also I should point out that I found this right where an old Indian camp used to be next to a creek along with several arrowheads and tools.  This place is covered with artifacts.  I found 3 spear heads and a bunch of crudely made points and knives.  Also found a Firestone that had a perfectly round hole that finally wore all the way through.

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Maybe try setting it on a table and getting photos of the flat or smooth broken areas.

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Yeah I think that has been my biggest problem is getting good photos.  What do you guys use to take your pictures?  Does it have to have any particular lens or camera type? Because trying to examine the pictures is just not the same as looking at it in person or in your hand.  The iphone just makes everything look like normal everyday rocks unable to see the detail in them

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Parts of it almost look like broken off antlers.  And if it's really really old it is gonna be difficult to make out things that are covered with petina in spots I would imagine

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I just use a small magnifying loop held up against camera lense on phone for close ups. And like was mentioned set it down, solid color background.  Just a thought,  I have collected small peices of what I think is agatized wood with very similar texture here in Texas. Unless it is chert also :s_confused:

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1 hour ago, Lone Hunter said:

Unless it is chert also 

Sorry. I don't think either your example or the post are wood.

This does not look like bone to me either. I think it must be just a rock. It must be soft if it does not ring high pitched when struck. Perhaps a form of gypsum ?

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For better images,  do not hold the items.

Make sure you are outside in daylight, if possible. Or near a window during the day. Lighting is important to getting detail.

Items should be on a flat, solid surface. Take photos from directly above the item.

Photograph all sides, moving the item, and propping it up with a book or whatever is handy to hold it up if it does not stand by itself.

 

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