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Artifact Found at N.I.R.M. Preserve

On May 16, 2013 while pulling non-native, invasive Garlic Mustard plants out of the woods at the New Indian Ridge Museum’s Wildlife Preserve here in Amherst, Col. Nahorn stumbled upon a Native American Indian artifact.

This small sandstone rock was poking out of the ground among May Apples (a native wildflower) in the woods, on the southwestern part of the property, near the Hollstein field (where we have found artifacts in that field, which indicate prehistoric inhabitance).  The stone has two indentations on one side, and another indentation is on the reverse side.  This was a fire starting rock, and is in a typical style for this type of artifact; these forms have been found at local sites as well.  We are concluding that this stone is a part of the Hollstein Site, which is on the contiguous property.  It is an important find, and we are glad to be able to document and preserve another artifact from this very local site.

See the fire starting rock – obverse and reverse – below:

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