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Object ID # 1959.019.008
Object Name Stone
Other Name Stone, Worked
Title Chert Piece
Lexicon category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Date Pre-contact
Made Unknown First Nations maker
Place of Origin Ontario
Description This piece of flint (chert) is from the Frederick Birch Collection of archaeological finds. Chert was an important toolstone, that was flaked and made into various edged tools or points by the First Nations people. There is an ancient source of chert toolstone in Grey County (Redwing area, called Collingwood chert), but we do not know if this piece originates from there yet. The function of this piece is not yet determined. See RELATED for other items collected by Fred Birch.
Provenance Collected by Frederick Birch (b. 1840-d. 1923) who was an amateur archaeologist living at Wodehouse, Euphrasia Township, Grey County, at the time. He collected First Nations artifacts in Euphrasia and nearby townships. It is not known what year he collected this item.

Some of Birch's finds were noted in the ANNUAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT (1903), that was published in 1904. Mr. Birch was at Wodehouse (Grey Co.) at that time.
Collection First Nations, Archaeological Collection
Material Chert
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Birch, Frederick
Subjects First Nations of Central Canada
Stone carving
Archaeology
Search Terms Wodehouse
Euphrasia Township