Thoughts on these Two

antmike915

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I found these 2 the other day on a site that has produced for me for years. I think both are quartzite and they have a little weight. This area is covered with chert. The 1st is approximately 3 1/2 by 3 ( 1 1/2 thick) and both sides has a dimple in the middle. The other is around 2 3/8. I found both within 3 feet of each other. Sorry I posted so many pictures but the 1st one was hard to photograph with detail; both look better than the pictures. Thoughts are welcome; I usually don't find stuff like this.

My personal opinion #1 is maybe a hammer stone, grinding stone or both and #2 a hammer stone.
 

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Camp rocks with a dimple in one or both sides. We find them all the time here in central IL. The archaeologists claim they are for bipolar flaking of tough chert nodules. Place nodule in dimple and smash with another rock. Recover random flakes and use. I don’t know if I buy that explanation or not. I’ve never tried to smash a flint nod so I’m just not sure.
 

I find them alot as well but are usually extremely worn down or damaged and made of chert. This is my 1st with the dimples on both sides. and basically the same thickness throughout the stone (1st pic).
 

Either hammer stones or anvil stones. Maybe both. A friend found so many he only brought the ones home with dimples on both sides. Being unable to connect them to a particular time period makes them a lot less interesting to me.
Late Woodland period liked them a lot
 

I find them alot as well but are usually extremely worn down or damaged and made of chert. This is my 1st with the dimples on both sides. and basically the same thickness throughout the stone (1st pic).
What’s the age of points associated with them Mike? I found mine in a Late Woodland setting
 

I found these 2 the other day on a site that has produced for me for years. I think both are quartzite and they have a little weight. This area is covered with chert. The 1st is approximately 3 1/2 by 3 ( 1 1/2 thick) and both sides has a dimple in the middle. The other is around 2 3/8. I found both within 3 feet of each other. Sorry I posted so many pictures but the 1st one was hard to photograph with detail; both look better than the pictures. Thoughts are welcome; I usually don't find stuff like this.

My personal opinion #1 is maybe a hammer stone, grinding stone or both and #2 a hammer stone.
I think both were used as hammers.
Constant use grinding stones tend to have a very flat smooth surface on at least one side of the tool.
 

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