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    Hardstone plummets

    Here are a few different styles of plummets and a few odds and ends..mjmClick image for larger version. 

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    I found this article from 1913 on the excavation of red paint cemetery’s, seems likely the piece I asked about in the other thread is a plummet.

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    Last edited by Fred250; Jan 03, 2020 at 05:20 PM.
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    Nice examples. Your types seem to be bigger and made from a different material than what I find in my area. I find Hematite, Granite, Slate, and Sandstone here.
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    Im glad you posted these! Maybe you can help me with this piece I found a while ago in my garden where I’ve found a few artifacts and it is close to a creek. I held onto it because I thought *maybe* it was worked, but I’m still a novice at this so I’m unsure. It looks similar in shape to your plummets. I’m in York County SC..thank you for any info! SL Click image for larger version. 

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    Prof. Shellman

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ID:	1788698 Some are obviously utilitarian and some obviously are not. Some plummets has such a jack groove and so simple that they might have been covered with hide??

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    Nice examples MJM & Tom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Summ58 View Post
    Im glad you posted these! Maybe you can help me with this piece I found a while ago in my garden where Iíve found a few artifacts and it is close to a creek. I held onto it because I thought *maybe* it was worked, but Iím still a novice at this so Iím unsure. It looks similar in shape to your plummets. Iím in York County SC..thank you for any info! SL Click image for larger version. 

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    Look natural to me
    I would rather see an authentic broken scraper posted than a G-10 Artifake!

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    Thank you arrow86. Will toss this one to the rock pile!

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    I think that is natural...it wouldn't be their stone of choice to make one out of...my opinion...mjm

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    Only plummet I've found. Made from a Welk shell.
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    We have found a few in RI and Ma. I call this one the Figure 8 plummet. No idea what that shape, created by an inclusion, meant to the maker, but he would have known that "figure" would end up on top of the knob, so I'm sure it was a deliberate choice on the maker's part....

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    Here is a much larger then average plummet, and plain gouge, both made from apparently the same material, and found in the same RI field....

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    A very young old man

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    Is it known what purpose plummets were used for? I've heard fishing weights but that is ludicrous. They could tie any rock on a line or net, why go through hours of grinding to throw it in the water?
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    A few Plummets from my area. Most are personal finds, however I did buy the ones in the 3rd picture from a local man who found them on his families farm in Greenup county Kentucky.
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    Last edited by The Grim Reaper; Jan 13, 2020 at 10:39 PM.
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    Sure would be nice coming across a hieroglyphic scene depicting the use of plummets..Some are way to nice.But that goes hand in hand with most hardstone artifacts..mjm
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