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PostPosted: May 29, 2017 18:06    Post subject: Possible prehistoric flint knapping tool?  

Hi I found this rock in the garden of mum's house this afternoon. She lives in an area surrounded by flint with no surprises the area close by is Flintscross for example.

This rock looked artificially round though and it has a very neat hole in one end. The hole is only 5-6 mm in diameter and only extends perhaps 10mm inside.

The rock feels really smooth and heavy too I would say at least 500 grams. It is approx 7-8cm in length and 5-6cm across. It's not totally round but egg shaped.

There are quite a few hairline fractures all around it. Some parts look like they may have been chipped off but are smooth now.

It feels instantly gratifying to hold and not hard to imagine stone age man gripping this thing for hours at a time.

This is all hyperthetical of course hence my post! :)

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PostPosted: May 29, 2017 18:22    Post subject: Re: Possible prehistoric flint knapping tool?  

I think most of the responders on this website are more concerned with minerals rather than stone age human artifacts. Don't be surprised if you don't get too much help. But who knows.....maybe someone is familiar with your find.
I think a better option for you might be to bring it in to your local university and show it to people in the proper fields of ancient human artifacts. They will be the ones to really help you. BOB
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PostPosted: May 29, 2017 18:27    Post subject: Re: Possible prehistoric flint knapping tool?  

Looks like flint so I wouldnt suggest it was a shaping tool where a significantly harder river stone would do the job. I am leaning towards something for grinding grains or stretchnig skins (waterskins?) when placed upright on a stick in the hole. Its highly possible it has serveral several purposes over time and originally used for one thing and later the hole added for another purpose.
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PostPosted: May 30, 2017 01:44    Post subject: Re: Possible prehistoric flint knapping tool?  

Thanks for taking a look guys! I followed the advice and contacted someone who sees a lot of prehistoric tools and he believes it's nothing more than just a random piece of rock.

Thanks again :)
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