My oldest artifact!

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  1. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    I got this trilobite fossil from a shop specializing in minerals and crystals, I had my doubts given how cheap it's being sold, but a quick google search on my phone showed me the species Flexicalymene ouzregui (which this fossil is supposed to be) is really common and goes for the same rate from other reputable online sellers.
    Atlas ranges of Africa
    Upper Ordovician- 460-440 Million years ago.

    My next oldest artifact/'coin' would be the deer bone cowrie shell from China, circa 1200-700 BC
    And my oldest coins would be the Gandhara Janapada 1/8th satamana with an early range of 600 bc, and the Ionian 1/12th stater from 525 bc.
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  3. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    Yes, trilobites are fairly common. In well preserved conditions they can sell for a hefty sum.

    Either way, you have me beat - my oldest is from the Eocene era, 56 - 34 million years ago. It is an "aspiration", where the bigger fish choked to death trying to eat the smaller fish. This is from the Green River formation in Wyoming. The bigger fish is about 4 inches long, the smaller fish protrudes about 1.5 inches out of its mouth:

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  4. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    That looks amazing!
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  5. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    My mom thinks it looks like paper mache and gives me grief for how much I spent on it. But, I agree that it looks amazing.
  6. NewStyleKing

    NewStyleKing Beware of Greeks bearing wreaths Supporter

    Devonian Moroccan Trilobite c 420-360 MYa Hollardops mesocristata aka Holly.

  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    These are kinda cool. 4.5 Billion Years old for the Moon Rock

    and Mars is perhaps 4.6 Billion. However, with the volcanic activity, this piece may be between 3.5 - 4.6 Billion...
  8. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    9457B208-5694-45F3-92FD-0ECD1B71E0FA.jpeg Here is a Cave Bear jaw, about 40 to 60,000 years old. Found in Romania. These are hard to get these days as the government prohibits selling them overseas.
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  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Wow, nice show-n-tell, thanks everyone.
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  10. philologus_1

    philologus_1 Supporter! Supporter

    Awesome fossils posted here! I find them fascinating! Ditto with meteorites and other extra-planetary matter that finds itself to the earth's surface (such as moon rocks)! I collect mostly ancient coins, but I also have several meteorites, several fossils, and many artifacts of various kinds. I enjoy and appreciate them all! :)

    However... don't hate me... but just to avoid confusion in the minds (and vocabularies) of those who find their way to CoinTalk... and so that we speak accurately to our friends & families about the items in our collections...
    ...a meteorite is neither a fossil nor an artifact, and...
    ...a fossil is neither an artifact nor a meteorite, and... artifact is neither a fossil nor a meteroite, and... ancient coin is a type of artifact.

    Below are multiple definitions of the word "artifact". Note that the common denominator of the definitions is the inclusion of the word human.



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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Here's my largest Trilobite fossil. From Morocco. It's about 6 1/2" wide and 11" long.
  12. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Here is my Fish Table made by a Mountain Man in Wisconsin 8AC75B00-6858-427C-B2E7-6046F204A1C9.jpeg A1036FBF-99C8-4EEF-A481-D2145BE2656A.jpeg 8AC75B00-6858-427C-B2E7-6046F204A1C9.jpeg
  13. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    Dinosaur bone, I would guess it's from the bottom end of the equivalent of a femur. Measures about 2 1/2 feet by about 3 feet by about 2 1/2 feet high. It's my oldest, I'm sure, but I have no bloody clue as to its age.
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  14. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    Cool items, but "artefact" means "hand made" or "man made", which can hardly be applied to fossils and moon rocks.
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  15. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Nice door stop
  16. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    "Artifacts" are the main theme at my place, including myself.

    Lake Superior agate, 304.9 grams, 80x35x50mm, estimated to be about 1 billion years old and definitely qualifies for Medicare.

    D-Camera Lake Superior agate 304.9g  1bil yrs old  80x35x50mm 4-10-21.jpg

    Iron-nickel meteorite, Campo del Cielo, Argentina, 954.7 grams, 75x44x53mm, roughly the same age as our solar system.

    D-Camera Campo del Cielo  meteorite  954.7g 75x44x53mm iron-nickel 4-10-21.jpg

    Trilobite, Cheirurus gibbus, Morocco, Devonian Period, approximately 350 millions years old, and not a direct relative of mine.

    D-Camera Trilobite, Cheirurus gibbus, Morocco, Devonian,  12-22-20.jpg

    And then there's "Euphrates", the frog from Babylonia, 2nd millennium BC.

    Babylonia, old period frog, purchase, Harlan Berk 2019.jpg
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  17. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    I agree that fossils aren't artifacts, but at least they reflect formerly living beings! Here are two I own. Other than the first one being a fish of some kind, I have no idea what they are or how old they are -- I seem to have lost the descriptions that came with them decades ago. Any information is welcome!

    Fossils 2.jpg

    The curled-up creature on the left is also some sort of fossil. The rectangular gray object on the upper right is supposed to be fossilized wood, if I recall correctly.

    Fossils 1.jpg

    And here is my oldest human-made object, which does qualify as an artifact.

    Sumerian biscuit-shaped cuneiform tablet with impressed cuneiform inscription, inscribed with 9 lines of text on both sides, translation included (receipt for carcasses of five sheep which had been issued to Shulgi-Urumu by Nalv, Drehem, 26th Day of the 3rd month of the last year of the reign of Shu-Sin [2023 BCE]).
    ¾” H x ¾” W. Purchased 1/27/1986, Harmer Rooke Numismatists, NYC.

    Cuneiform Tablet Front 1.jpg

    Cuneiform tablet back 1.jpg
  18. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    Fantastic fossils, meteorites and artifacts!

    When I first started to think of something to collect, I ended up with fossils vs. ancient coins. I settled on ancient coins- a decision I'll never regret, but, I did get a few fossils.

    fossils 2.jpeg fossils.jpeg

    The Spinosaurus tooth tip is my favourite.

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  19. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Coiled Ammonite
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  20. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you!
  21. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Donna, your fossil fish is from the legendary Green River Formation, Wyoming, Eocene Period, around 50 million years old. This location has, for decades, supplied fossil collectors and paleontologists with fossil fish of remarkable preservation.
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