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    Question Native American tool?

    I got this in Blount County Tennessee (foothills of Great Smoky Mts.) from an antique dealer who buys alot out of local barns & estates. This item came in a box from a local barn here in East Tennessee. It looks like it could be something...very heavy and wonderful smooth chocolate surface patina. Measures approximately 6" long x 4.5" wide x2.25" high. Has what looks to be an X indention and maybe remnants of something in part of the X (strap of leather?) As you can see in photos, one side is flatter while overall piece has rounded edges. Any ideas? I know Cherokee were in this area and Indian burial grounds were found near here in Townsend, TN several years ago when road was widened.
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    Is it just me or does that remind you of the top of a railroad spike? Is it metallic? What is the material thought to be?

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    I see what you are saying. It looks like it's made of stone not iron. Size of 6" x 4.5" x 2.25" seems bigger than any spike I've seen. I was noting the X indention on "top" thinking it might be where twine or leather used to tie it to a stick or handle...
    Last edited by TennesseePickerGirl; Aug 17, 2018 at 10:21 PM.

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    But it is very heavy...maybe it is iron....it really looks like a squashed fat foot with the X indention being at top "ankle" section. Maybe old farm tool?

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    I did magnet test. Not iron. Really looks like stone.

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    This is an oddity. As it goes along, I'm not seeing an Indian tool ... I think it may be a fossilized bone end.
    Millions and millions and millions of years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug N Play View Post

    This is an oddity. As it goes along, I'm not seeing an Indian tool ... I think it may be a fossilized bone end.
    Millions and millions and millions of years old.
    I think you could be onto something with your suggestion that this might be a fossilized bone fragment PNP.
    What you now need TennesseePickerGirl is for a orthopedist to chime in.

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    hmmmmm hard to tell
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    Kinda looks like an old shoe last.
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    I think it's a natural formation known as a concretion. They can be found in very odd shapes that look as if they are man made and found in many places across the globe.
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    Thanks for all the input...hadn't thought about possibly being fossilized bone...there is a chipped area on tip of foot shape. Maybe I could take a pic and see if anyone thinks it looks like bone...

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    This piece is very heavy. Mskes me think now it may be a fossil due to weight and inside of object where chipped doesn't look like rock exactly. Don't have any experience with fossilized bones except sea fossil bones like dugong (manatee). Will try to attach more pics of chipped edge and also add bone tag. Added photos.May be at my original post. I'm new at this😜
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    The last pic tells me it's an iron concretion. Rust colored on the outside and greyish on the inside. Gary

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    So it's some type of iron object that has been in the ground? But wouldn't a magnet stick to it if was iron? I did magnet test & it doesn't.

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    We don't know where this concretion originated, so we don't have a direct comparison to possibilities.
    Here, California, we would take the students to the beds and they would "POP" open the suspect rocks.
    It was an area known for fossils, however.
    About 50% contained fossils ... it was just the luck of the draw.

    What you see on the rest of your rock can be a concretion, but the question is what is the odd part that sticks out.
    Here, that would raise the possibility this concretion contained a fossil to about 95%.

    Your rock isn't going to "POP" open with a hammer.
    If it was me, I'd run it through a rock saw ... you're chances vary, and we don't know those chances because we don't know where this rock came from.

    Here's a random picture of a concretion pointing out that the chips on the outside of a concretion can show a skin with a different color directly beneath, such as yours. This is common.

    It doesn't mean the concretion isn't formed around a fossil.

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