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Old 07-03-2017, 07:41 PM
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Default Mystery "splatter" on stone

Found this in a stream bed, in Virginia. It seems to be lead splatter (non-magnetic) but beyond that I'm lost. The area did see some Civil War action.

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Old 07-03-2017, 07:43 PM
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At quick glance it looks sort of like a flower to me.

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Old 07-03-2017, 07:46 PM
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I've never known a flower to turn to lead or metal.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:47 PM
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I'm thinking lichen...

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Old 07-03-2017, 08:49 PM
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That's interesting. I'd take that to a university and have a geology prof. look at it.

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Old 07-03-2017, 10:53 PM
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Looks like a .22 bullet to me. They splat like that on impact.

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Old 07-04-2017, 05:56 AM
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Not quite as handy as shooting fish in a barrel ...

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Old 07-04-2017, 08:37 AM
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I am thinking way too big for a 22. Possibly a bullet but I see no resemblance of one. Maybe a musket ball with too much powder behind it? No clue here

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Old 07-04-2017, 09:11 AM
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Possibly native copper still in the matrix? Maybe nick it with a small file to see if there's copper color. I know there were copper mines in Virginia, but don't know if it came in that form or just as ore.

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Old 07-05-2017, 04:41 PM
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I think it's simply an iron or pyrite concretion that's weathered out. That flower like object grows inside a softer material, sandstone, limestone etc and over eons, the softer material is eroded away.
Don't believe it's man made.

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Old 07-06-2017, 02:51 AM
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x2. It looks like the remnant of a hematite (iron oxide) concretion.

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