112 pound sphere hand made or geo artifact native American artifacts Boston Indiana

Ross1975

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Hello and greetings to all. I was attending a estate auction when I came upon this 112 pound or right around that weight this giant hand chipped round stone. Of course I bought it. My question is what is it? And is it native American? I believe it is because there's a small groove in it as seen in the pictures. What would be the value on something like this? Please help. Thanks and kind regards, Robert
 

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Welcome to Tnet Ross! :hello:

I'm certainly no expert, but I'm thinking it's natural, likely made round from tumbling in a river. :icon_scratch:
 

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It reminds me of an Atlas Stone, though it would be on the light side for one of them.
 

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I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read and look at the pictures and especially taking the time to message me. Kind regards, Ross
 

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Welcome to Tnet @Ross1975

Just a thought…

I have a large stone ball (about 2/3 the size of yours) in my garden which is ‘architectural’. It’s one of a pair that sat atop pillars for some decorative wrought iron gates within what used to be parkland in the early 1800s. There are larger ones on the entrance pillars outside my property, but this one fell off a connecting gateway. They sit in shallow concave depressions with nothing to secure them apart from gravity and a bit of cement. Maybe that groove was to help secure it to a pillar somehow.

Usually these were made by ‘cornering’. The mason starts with a cube and knocks off the 8 corners; then knocks off the 32 corners of the facets created; then the 128 corners; and so on until he has something approximately spherical which can be rounded off.

Faceted Sphere.jpg
 

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May be man made but I have to say not NA. What is it's use, most tribes, clans moved camps couple times a year, that is a lot of weight to put on a travois to constantly move?
 

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Can you take a picture of the crack area, straight on the wide area of the crack. It could be some sort of concretion. The difference in color looks like it was sitting in water and it had some algae or some kind of growth from being in water.
 

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Here are some new pictures. I tried to get the crack from all angles. It's completely natural as far as I can tell.
 

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Thats a very interesting ball. The groove worn into it is definitely curious. Whats going on here, can you get a better pic of that?
 

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Thats a very interesting ball. The groove worn into it is definitely curious. Whats going on here, can you get a better pic of that?
Looks like a bunch of pillbugs. I don't often see them hanging around inside a rock unless there is organic matter (leaf litter, branches, etc) in it.
 

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Ross1975

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Looks like a bunch of pillbugs. I don't often see them hanging around inside a rock unless there is organic matter (leaf litter, branches, etc) in it.
It was sitting on rmtjat side and rolled it over foe the pictures. Those are rolls polly bugs.
 

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Thanks for the extra pictures.
 

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Welcome to Treasurenet. Hope you find the answer to your stone
 

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