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    tool?

    I know a lot of people that say if something is not worked
    Itís not a tool. What Iím wondering is, can some tools
    Not be worked and just used the way they are?

    This has what seems to be a used end with a spot for a thumb and
    Two fingers, itís smooth and indented where they would go.Click image for larger version. 

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    I'd like to see a profile pic of the "bit" end in pic1 + more side view pics. Not sure I'd agree with "not worked". It may be a coarsely made adze.
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    I may be wrong but it looks like the lighter parts are the original weathered exterior and the dark spots are more recent removals exposing un weathered stone

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    It could have been used for something, of course. Where people want to argue is when you clain it was.
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    see no signs in picture of it being worked or used.
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    Looks natural to me, but if it was used for anything it's hard to say.
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    Welcome aboard. It is just a rock.The thought process of it fits in your hand and has a place for the thumb stop is outdated. You can walk through the woods and find many things that fit your hand.
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    you also have to consider, tool used for what? Most artifacts are readily associated with a certain purpose.

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    It looks like a piece that may have had some shaping for some future tool or a pendant, or used as is. I've found many pieces, usually slate though, that have been shaped similarly then left behind or discarded. The fact that the patina is knocked off in multiple areas indicates to me that is was deliberate.
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    Yeah, well...what everyone else said LOL. Honestly, tho? I used to find a lot of rocks that I figured were- or might have been- used for something or other. I called them 'tools of convenience'. As such, they are impossible to assign as an artifact, so therefore NOT an artifact. The problem is that if you can't prove a specific use through design or wear, you can't call it an artifact. They may or may not have been used- ever- as a tool, but that will remain a mystery.
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