Unidentified stone

CloudKicker0

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Found along the surf in eastern North Carolina. One side relatively flat while the other side rounded. The rounded edge feels sharp enough. Please help with some ID?
 

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I’m far from any costal action but I’ve seen other posts showing how the ocean can erase flake scars, just a hunch from an ignorant Kansan but I think it could at least be a large flake.

Edit: I’ll leave my previous thought up but I was thinking I doubt it would be sharp if there was enough wave action to erase the scars so maybe the others are right
 

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I’m far from any costal action but I’ve seen other posts showing how the ocean can erase flake scars, just a hunch from an ignorant Kansan but I think it could at least be a large flake.

Edit: I’ll leave my previous thought up but I was thinking I doubt it would be sharp if there was enough wave action to erase the scars so maybe the others are right
I live on the coast & you are correct, it takes little time to smooth off hard pieces of material. Beach glass comes to mind. I've collected volcanic rock from Oregon beaches that is smooth as a cue ball, the same stuff in the mountains is rough with sharp edges. Extremely hard material.
 

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Natural stone, no signs when pictures are blown up that it was touched my man.
 
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The STONE itself is natural. The question is whether it's a (purposefully created) utilized flake, or whether some natural process is responsible for it being detached from a smooth, rounded (ocean, stream, glacier) nodule.

For that answer you'd want to start asking relevant questions. Like, but not limited to, is quartzite a natural component of the lithic background where it was found, are there other stones there with similar forms, are known artifacts there made of quartzite, etc.

Unless it was a splitting wedge, looking for edge wear with quartzite would be a wild goose chase.

IMO, FWIW
 

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