Apr 02, 2012, 10:01 PM
Is this a (Atlatl)
I found this stone item today while detecting, it is about 2" long, 1/4 " dia. The web site I found this similar item says they are quite rare, it is either stone or slate. The site me mentions that these items where used before the bow and arrow. Any ideas, thanks.
Apr 02, 2012 10:01 PM
Apr 02, 2012, 10:21 PM
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Apr 02, 2012, 10:45 PM
Thanks, is it rare to find one?
Apr 02, 2012, 10:52 PM
nice find, looks like a stone plummet. We find them made from the center whorl of the busycon conch or horse conch shell. the top piece where the groove is , is where it was attached to the cordage. I have seen pics of one found with the cordage attached from a wet site dig that preserved the fiber
Last edited by centfladigger; Apr 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM.
Apr 02, 2012, 10:54 PM
an atlatl is the device for throwing the spear whiich is super rare to find. Atlatl hooks are found but they are rare also.
Apr 02, 2012, 11:02 PM
Thanks, it is a new find for me, I have found other stone items, but not like this. HH
Apr 02, 2012, 11:14 PM
Is it stone? Looks soft and like it has been whittled. Almost looks like a small carbon rod.
Apr 03, 2012, 08:27 AM
You sure that aint a slate pencil used in 17 & 18 100s, they are quite common can be found anywhere. Thats my guess on that piece, looks like many i've seen.
Apr 03, 2012, 10:26 AM
It is stone, the pencil lead is slimmer.
Apr 03, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Apr 03, 2012, 11:43 AM
It's either a Plummet like was mentioned above or it could be a small Pendant. Either way it's a nice find.
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Apr 03, 2012, 12:39 PM
i like it
it is unlike anything i have experianced
Apr 03, 2012, 01:28 PM
That would be cool to find. What did that web site say it was? I wonder what it would have been used for, and whether it's of native or European manufacture.
Apr 03, 2012, 06:47 PM
I did'nt say pencil lead. The old slate pencil did'nt have wood around it, the slate was the whole thing, about the diameter of a modern pencil. yes and slate is stone. Try finding a few examples and see for yourself. Sometimes they had groves on them to hang by a string. I saw a lot of plummets but none shaped like that. Check into it.
Apr 03, 2012, 10:24 PM
My best guess is a "skinny" plummet.
Apr 03, 2012, 10:29 PM
I think you have it!
Originally Posted by The Grim Reaper
Apr 04, 2012, 11:13 PM
Go to the site, Ancient Native American artifacts, or western artifacts.
Apr 05, 2012, 10:47 AM
Apr 05, 2012, 11:23 AM
i am sure it is a plummet
it is not an atlatl weight
if it had a groove on both ends and one side was slightly ftattened, then it could be an atlatl weight
Apr 05, 2012, 02:48 PM
Hope it's a plummet but I can't jump on the plummet bandwagon until someone can explain why its not a old slate pencil. As Wells mentioned, do a search and check them out. I've found a few over the years and assumed they were Native American. I took them to an artifact show and was promptly told they were slate pencils. Come in many shapes and sizes. Interested in hearing everyone's thoughts once you've made comparisons.
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