Native American Game Ball/Marble Identification Needed

Dangblam

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I found this nearly perfect sphere in Virginia on high ground off the James River where I’ve found numerous Native American artifacts. The white arrowhead in the photo was found the same day just 10 yards away. The sphere is very heavy/dense for its size, which leads me to believe it is made of stone and was polished to this shape vs clay that was hand rolled. There is a small chip missing which shows the grain of the rock. One person stated it looks like it could be made of marble or maybe granite. Any help identifying what type of material this is and its origins would be greatly appreciated!

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Ball believe is a milling ball, nice quartz point...
 

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Agree with the milling ball suggestion. I used to make paint and would look those "ceramic" balls right in the eye every day. It was the best summer(s) job I ever had. I worked for Cook Paints & Varnish Co. in North KC, MO...now just a memory.

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