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Finding a legit stone axe or hoe always makes for an exciting day. I was so thrilled after finding this one earlier this past summer I just about packed it up and went home. Never found one at the spot where this one was picked up so I was rather happy?another piece of the puzzle, a little more knowledge known. Central Va- James River Lowgrounds

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Finding a legit stone axe or hoe always makes for an exciting day. I was so thrilled after finding this one earlier this past summer I just about packed it up and went home. Never found one at the spot where this one was picked up so I was rather happy?another piece of the puzzle, a little more knowledge known. Central Va? James River lowgrounds

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O:laughing9::laughing7::hello:f course you know you set yourself up for a lot of yuks with that headline?I,ll refrain!Nice hoe,hope you find many more.
 
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Ha—I’ll agree she doesn’t have a pretty face.
 

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A famous person commented on a stoned ho, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
 
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Just uploaded two more to the original post. The green background makes the work done to the business end stand out a little better.
 

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I agree with Toddspoint and Fat, looks like crude axe, especially considering size.
 
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10-4. Thanks for the replies.
 

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That's interesting. Is that granite? Just about all of them I've seen in our area are made from flattish quartzite cobbles. They do seem to be one of those "expedient tools" that is quickly banged out of whatever rock is at hand, used for some purpose, then left. They don't seem to be what an archeologist would call a "highly curated" tool form.

They are generally referred to as chipped stone axes. I don't think anyone really knows for sure, though. I have always wondered if they weren't also used, at least at times, more in hoe/pick/mattock type way. I've noticed over my way where the quartzite cobble bed is exposed in a creek bed those types of "axes" are found mixed in with the cobbles. The soil that forms around the cobbles is this really hard, almost cement like stuff. Like you find a cobble half sticking out of the bank and think you can just grab it and wiggle it loose, but, no, it's really stuck in there. I could see a tool like that being helpful to chip out that "cement" holding it in. Or you could imagine that maybe you want to cut away part of the bank along the river to expose a pocket of good clay, or something like that. You would go get a mattock and start wailing away. Maybe in the stone age you would use something like this?
 
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Hey Keith—yes it is definitely granite and certainly would fall in the category of an expedient tool. My dad has found two not far from there in the lowgrounds and when I handle their chipped/dull edges I can’t help but think how useful such a basic edge would be for busting up that soft lowgrounds soil or whatever. Don’t need a well-defined edge for such messy work. Hope you’re well!
 

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