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Provenance of a Stone Age Tool

prov·e·nance   “prävənəns”      noun
1. The place of origin or earliest known history of something.
“an orange rug of Iranian provenance”
synonyms: originsource, place of origin;
2. The beginning of something’s existence; something’s origin.
“they try to understand the whole universe, its provenance and fate”
3. A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.
“the manuscript has a distinguished provenance”
(plural noun: provenances)
The picture above is a Stone Age tool. It was used as a file to grind a flat spot across the bottom of an arrowhead so it would stay in place at the end of the arrow. There is a quarry in Hixton, Wisconsin where it was mined and traded all over North America for thousands of years.
The person who I purchased it from said that the guy he bought it from said that it “has a ground base (may have been grind base), very weak shoulders, rough collateral flaking; it was tumbled and eroded in a river.” It may be the most valuable item in my arrowhead collection. We talked about it for over an hour before I got it from him with cash and a handshake.
Individual Indian antiquities have names. This one is named “Firstview.” It is shown in the Overstreet book on page 
A relative of mine is a retired anthropologist. He said me, ” that is a Hixton Rootbeer.”
There is a layer at the Hixton Quarry between the upper sandstone and lower quartz that was hard enough to wear down softer rocks.

Disclaimer

All of my artifacts were legally obtained respecting the laws governing collecting artifacts. I have never taken anything from Government property. I have never taken anything from a burial site.  Anyone I have purchased from has sworn that objects were obtained legally. Personal property purchased was found on private property with the landowner’s permission. All of my purchased items followed a sincere dialogue in a trusted transaction.
There is no warrantee or guarantee on anything that I sell. Sales transactions are understood to be for intrinsic or artistic value of any item purchased.
This disclaimer will be improved as I learn what I am doing.