A fascination with Discoidals
by Bruce Butts,
|Central States Archaeological Societies 2006
I have always been fascinated with
discoidals. When I got a phone call from
a very nice lady who said she was pretty
sure she had one from the Etowah River
near the famous mound site, I tried not to
get excited. She had received my name
from the internet and research led her to
an article I had written on Circle Roller
Discoidals in the CSAJ October 1998.
Since I was fairly close to their farm, she
asked me to take a look at it. Her family
farm had been in the family for over 150
years and it always produced some
arrowheads, pottery shards, etc.
The family brought it to my home
inside an old tin box, wrapped in a towel
since the day it was found. After seeing
my collection and the assurance the
Discoidal would remain in Georgia, they
said “they felt they had come to the right
The Disc is the Tennessee type and
featuring a small center dimple in the
variegated gold/ white/ rust colored
quartzite and measures 5 1/2 in diameter.
In respect for this extremely nice family
who’s son has joined in farming the land,
the exact location of this find will remain
anonymous. It just goes to show that it
pays to publish articles. This is what
helps to make Central States
Archaeological Journal the best!
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