The Cinmar Blade

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LISTON AND BETTY ANNE SHACKLEFORD OWNED THE S & S MARINE SEAFOOD BUSINESS AND 14 LARGE OCEAN-GOING SCALLOP BOATS INCLUDING THE 'CINMAR'. THE CINMAR WAS NAMED AFTER THEIR CHILDREN, CINDY AND MARK. IN 1970 THURSTON SHAWN, A MATHEWS COUNTY WATERMAN, WAS OPERATING THE CINMAR AND WORKING 40 MILES EAST OF CAPE CHARLES IN 240-FOOT-DEEP WATERS. IN ONE DREDGE HAUL HIS CREW BROUGHT UP SCALLOPS, THE PARTIAL REMAINS OF A MASTODON AND THE OLDEST MAN-MADE STONE TOOL EVER FOUND IN THE AMERICAS.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION SCIENTISTS HAVE DATED THIS 2-EDGED BUTCHER KNIFE AS 23,000 YEARS OLD AND BELIEVED USED BY PALEO-INDIANS LIVING IN VIRGINIA. THE SCIENTISTS HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK, 'ACROSS ATLANTIC ICE', WHICH FEATURES THE BLADE ON THE COVER AND STATES EARLY DAY MAN PROBABLY CROSSED OVER FROM EUROPE DURING THE GLACIAL PERIODS WHEN SEA LEVEL WAS MUCH LOWER. THEY TRAVELED ALONG THE EDGE OF ATLANTIC ICE.

 

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