Friday, June 16, 2006

Hillbilly Mom, Archaeology Woman

Here are today's finds from our
creekwalking tour. You may say,
"Whoop-ti-do! HM found some
rocks in the creek! Ain't she
OH SO SPECIAL?" Don't mock
me, people! This is history from

my back yard! I don't know which time period in history, because,
um...that was my worst subject.

Anyhoo, these look to me like
stones that were used to grind
seeds or nuts. The ones I
Googled had bigger holes.
Maybe these stones were used
to sharpen or shape something.

That one on the left, with two, almost three holes, has a little grinder
part there above it that fits the holes exactly. Somebody, please, for
the love of Gummi Mary, tell me you know something about this.

The closest thing I found to these is called an "anvil". It has the
same kind of small shallow holes. My resource is in Adobe and
I don't know how to link it. It says these stones may have been
used to grind ocher as a pigment for use in hides or burial or
marking pottery. Go figure. There is a red ocher pigment that
I think is related to hematite, which is plentiful in these parts.

Other people say these are rocks formed by erosion, but I don't
think so. They have also been called "nutting stones" or "cupstones"
or maybe were used for shaping something.

The smaller one, on the right, fits neatly into a right hand, and the
little hole has a slant to it like the person using the grinding stick
used the left hand to hold the stick.

Whatever they are, they appear human-made to me. I think I'll
keep them. Better in my mansion than in the creek bed.


Blogger Scribalist said...

Well, speaking as an Iowegian archaeologist, I'm afraid I have to agree with the naysayers and say I think they're waterworn pebbles, but, I enjoyed your blog so much I just had to tell you!


8:15 AM  
Blogger Hillbilly Mom said...

Thanks. I will post some more pictures of my river rocks on Saturday and Sunday. Please take a look at them, too. I like your links. They were quite informative for me.

1:55 PM  

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