Many people new to artifact collecting confuse restoration with reproduction or rechipping artifacts.
*Reproductions are modern arrowheads, knives, blades, or tools made to duplicate historic or prehistoric artifacts. This process with flint of flint like materials is called flintknapping. You can find several publications on flint knapping. Many people enjoy this hobby, and are producing modern points and tools. Most do not wish to mislead nor have intentions to sell them as authentic artifacts... If you are an accomplished knapper, you should sign or mark your duplications, as such. It is usually required at most sponsored relic shows.
*Many artifacts have been reproduced over the last forty or more years. Some have been stained, heat treated, ground, buffed, polished, etc. misleading some of the top typologists in the country as authentic artifacts. People selling artifacts need to be responsible for what they sell, and should have some type of reasonable guarantee on any artifact sold.
*Rechipping artifacts is a process of resharpening or reflaking a relic to create a more symmetrical look. This process is usually done with bone copper, nails, screwdrivers, etc. Usually you will find staining on these artifacts. Rechipping extremely damages authentic relics and can considerably reduce the value of a relic.
*It is not uncommon to find rechipping from a later culture, usually there is some discoloration like modern rechipping, but usually shows some type of natural aging. This is a minor deduction to the grade of an artifact compared to modern rechipping.
*Restoration is the process of building up damaged part of a relic, giving it a more symmetrical and original look.
*Some type of putty material is used, and usually painted to match the artifact.
*Restored areas on an artifact can be detected by looking for discoloration and tapping around an artifact with a metal object.. Materials used for restoration are softer than flint, flint like or stone materials. Black lights used properly show restoration and rechipping.
Examples of restored archaic artifacts from the Midwestern section of the U.S.A.
|Good guidelines for restored artifacts:
A) Never restore over 25%.
B) An artifact should be worth the cost of restoring it.
C) Never sell unless you inform the buyer.
D) Never buy until you know the amount rest.
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