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ridgerunner112

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for reference, another 'grooved' item from same river that could pass for fossilized poop if only that protruding end weren't so sharp:

 

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Very deep, uniform groove...some pics would be great.
Yes, and this would be a very serious battle axe...! Almost too big for one-handed use.
Looks to be cultural
 

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I would say it's possible it's natural but has the definite look of being man made. I just don't think it was a maul which would have been swung hard and should show serious wear on either end. As well as the narrow groove wouldn't facilitate a handle stout enough to not break when used. What its purpose was I have no idea. It may help if the finder told us which state it was found in.
I was thinking Net Weight or some type of anchor weight...
 

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If my memory serves, Charl posted a photo of a boat weight that he found along the North River on the East Coast of MA.
It had quite a resemblance. If it is a boat weight, it’s an extremely rare find.
 

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I would say it's possible it's natural but has the definite look of being man made. I just don't think it was a maul which would have been swung hard and should show serious wear on either end. As well as the narrow groove wouldn't facilitate a handle stout enough to not break when used. What its purpose was I have no idea. It may help if the finder told us which state it was found in.
Natural stone
 

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Your stone in post #21 is natural erosion, not manmade. Softer layers erode at a different rate than the harder layers, resulting in the stone you found. Interesting none the less.
 
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ridgerunner112

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comparative poster-upper of OP rock and similar rock with slightly different characteristics although possibly similar uses, if ever. just blurting this out there btw;




OT: dunno where the sparkles underneath rubbed-off from ;p
 

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comparative poster-upper of OP rock and similar rock with slightly different characteristics although possibly similar uses, if ever. just blurting this out there btw;




OT: dunno where the sparkles underneath rubbed-off from ;p
If you found some others similar close by, the net weight possibility is a good one. No sense hauling your weights home at the end of the day everyday
 

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Thanks for all the positive replies, although as some have already mentioned regarding it possibly being a maul, I'd like to highlight its features of it being too narrow of a groove to haft a handle around it considering its weight, the lack of other marks suggesting it was bound with animal hide/strips of bark or other means to hold said wooden handle in place and the apparent lack of impact fractures that would suggest it being a hammering tool of sorts. The fact that the natives relied heavily on fishing in this area makes the notion of it being a weight much more realistic.

Glad to have spurred some discussion, nonetheless. Will gladly post updates on it or any further finds.
I have two such stones and was told they are clubs. I have seen some stone replica clubs some of the nations sell to touristas here (Oklahoma) so that seemed a likely explanation for mine
 

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T_H how would they make such a tool. Would they use another stone to carve the grooves ?
It’s possible a suitable shaped rock was selected, and the only alteration was the groove itself. But, in general, end picks and honing stones were used to fashion such tools…

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