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    Hey all......found this a few weekends ago.....not sure why i brought this home other than found at location at one of my sites and thought it may be artifact related.....i thought maybe hammerstone, has a smooth cortex except for what has been knocked away either by human interaction or natural process....what are your thoughts, should i have left it right where i found it😉......nw middle tn find Click image for larger version

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    Benny / Western Highland Rim / Tennessee

  • #2
    Feel like context is essential to recognizing these types of rough pieces. I'd lay twenty-to-one that it is, in fact, a hammer-stone or similar artifact. Nature would have a hard time breaking it so conveniently, but one may never notice it, or think it so, without it having been discovered on site.
    It's big for a hammer but may have been used with direct or indirect percussion on hardstone. Probably too big to be used for flaking except maybe for spalling something big.
    California

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    • Benji
      Benji commented
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      Thanks tom, yes i dont know man.....it has those weird chunks knocked off all around it, but wasnt sure and didnt want to leave it there and regret it later for not picking it up

  • #3
    Hammerstone i.m.o…
    there often overlooked and undesirable to many.
    they come home with me… can’t leave them there, can we?…👍
    Southeastern Minnesota’s driftless area

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    • #4
      Sure looks like the kind of wear that my hammer stones acquire over time. I have a particular hammer stone that I also use as an abrader.

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      • #5
        Probably is a hammer but I would of left it lol there are better examples to be found
        NW Georgia

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        • Benji
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          Thanks surface.....maybe ill carry back to that spot and leave it there😔

      • #6
        looks like the kind of tools that are shown left near quarry sites

        ~nae

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        • #7
          I agree with all Ben, I would have lugged it home too. And then as you wondered why. K
          Knowledge is about how and where to learn more Knowledge that you seek. Snyder County Pa.

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