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This is a great example of a nutting stone that also shows signs of use as a hammerstone. Both sides are deeply indented. The tips of the triangles shape are heavily nicked and chipped showing signs of use as a hammerstone. These pitted rocks were used for various jobs. The indentations made a great spot to grip the stone to use as a hammer stone to possibly chip flint for making tools. It was probably also used to hold the spindle of a fire starter. The indentations were also used to grind and crack nuts. (thus the name) These were used by the First Peoples throughout ancient American history so it could be 300 to 11,000 years old.
Native American Ear Spool – Reserved
This is a very rare artifact. It as worn on the earlobe that was pierced to allow this to slide into place and held in place by the small grove. It is fashioned from a speckeled hardstone and is highly polished. The front side is rounded and very symmetrical. The back side has been flattened and is more oblong. Between the front and the back is a small grove on its entire circumference. This is a great example of Native American artwork and fashion.
Here is a nicely flaked hoe. It still shows the outer core from the flint nodule from which it was made. It was fashioned mainly by percussion flaking with a little pressure flaking along the working edges. The edges show some smoothing from use wear. It was probably from the Late Archaic Period when the Native Americans first started planting crops in Indiana around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. It was legally recovered while surface hunting in Miami County.