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Old 09-09-2019, 01:05 PM
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Default Unknown stone ? From another planet?

This very odd shape came out of the ground with a bunch of rocks yesterday . l found the piece of metal the detector had sounded off too. This item is about 3 in long.and 1-1/3/4 in wide.. Heavy.. Non -metallic looks like a stony material.. Kinda a grey-blue color.Weighs 9.6 oz. It has a hole drilled clean thru it. And angles ground into it all over.. Doesn't look natural or random??? Oddest thing I ever found???? Anyone have any ideas???? Thanks Tony Az

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Old 09-09-2019, 01:23 PM
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Odd but cool find.

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Old 09-09-2019, 02:06 PM
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hmmmm....
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:33 PM
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Didn't even think about that possibility......possible prototype of the wheel..... I'm sure it didnt start out round!!!! Tony AZ....

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Old 09-09-2019, 02:39 PM
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Didn't even think about that possibility......possible prototype of the wheel..... I'm sure it didnt start out round!!!! Tony AZ....

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In all seriousness, it's certainly intriguing. Obviously not natural, and the modifications are far too precise to be done with primitive/native tools. It looks to me like a string would have gone through the hole and then tied around the block where the notches keep them from slipping. For what purpose and why? No idea.

I do think we occasionally stumble upon "one off" objects created by people pursuing hobbies or homespun inventions.

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Looks like part of a miniature Stonehenge!

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Old 09-09-2019, 05:21 PM
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Its a piece of soapstone. Soapstone was and still is used today.
As to what that piece is used for, we can only guess.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:53 PM
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My first thought was soapstone too. It should be really soft if it is. You should be almost able to scratch it with your fingernail if it is.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:09 PM
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It is very soft.. Probably is soapstone!

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Looking at the fifth photo it reminds me of a locking ratchet mechanism where the notch would mate up with teeth on a gear or similar. A rod would go through the hole so it could pivot up for the next tooth, but not let it slip backwards.

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Looks like a soapstone carving practice piece, or maybe used as an edge grinder tool for flintknapping...or some other purpose. The history mystery makes it a cool find.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:15 PM
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Thanks everyone for helpful comments on this brainteaser..Tony AZ...

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Soapstone is in the talc family, I believe.

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Might be the emergency brake locking mechanism off fred flintstones car Interesting for sure.

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I may be way off... but when I first looked at your find it reminded me of those small carved Zuni fetishes... maybe someone started shaping it and didn't get around to finishing? Cool whatever it is.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:48 AM
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Maybe you should try running a string thru the hole and wear it around your neck for awhile. If it's from outer space and has powers you could become a super hero. "Metal-Detector-Man" Its worth a try.

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Some one has cut the basic shape of this soapstone piece with either a hacksaw or a bandsaw from the photos showing all the parallel scratches along with he flat sides. They were making something and were in the process of carving notches on one end, perhaps to hang it with some wire wrapping from a necklace, when the girl friend saw it and said, I ain't wearin' that ugly thing! IMHO.

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Nah. If you saw my flat feet you'd know I was secretly Fred Flintstone. Yes, that's part of the car, and
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