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Muschelkalk hornstone from Hunawihr

Material name: Muschelkalk hornstone
Synonyms: N/A
Material (geologic): Middle Triassic (Muschelkalk) chert

Detail of Muschelkalk chert
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001

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General characteristics

Geographical setting: Hunawihr is a small village at the foot of the Vosges Mountains in Eastern France. The Vosges are a steep range, reaching over 1400 at its highest peak of Grand Ballon, running North-South, parallel to the Rhine. Like its counterpart Schwarzwald at the other side of the valley in Germany, the geology of these mountains is quite varied.
Material and colour: N/A
Other information: This is typically one of the samples we stumbled upon while doing something completely different, in this case visiting the fortified church of Hunawihr in he famous wine groing district of the Alsace. Here we found some scraps of siliceous material on the graveyard, and had of course to see if there might be more chert of a knappable quality which we found some 150 metres to the Northwest of the church.
Knapping notes: N/A
Archaeological description: N/A

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Locality: Hunawihr, département Haut-Rhin, Elsace, France
Synonyms: FlintSource sample 169.
Geographical description: WhereItIs
Geographical co-ordinates: Lat. 48° 10' 46" N
Long. 007° 18' 42" E
(Mapdatum WGS 84)
Co-ordinate precision: The coordinates given were taken with a handheld GPS receiver at the spot where we collected most material, a vineyard about 140 metres Northwest of the church.
Other topographical information: HowToGetThere
Additional information: View of the imposing fortified church of Hunawihr
Foto: Rengert Elburg, 2000
Visitors information: PlacesToEatAndDrink
Sampling information: N/A
  Flake of Muschelkalk hornstone
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Small flake of very fine Muschelkalk hornstone
Piece of typical chert
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Piece of typical chert with attached cortex
  Flattish cracked nodule
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Tectonically fractured flattish nodule with secundary quartz veins
Piece of coarser material
Foto: Matthias Rummer, 2001
Piece of coarser, nearly crystalline material
Sample description: N/A


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