Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what? Poss. Palm guard..

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Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what? Poss. Palm guard..

Post by Lowland » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:59 am

Hi all
This was picked up out of a box of roman era coarse pottery
That I bought of ebay.
I have no idea what it’s purpose was
I’m hoping somebody has seen similar?

Very very smooth with the two worked craters at one End.
Tough stone,almost looks like a greywacke type of thing
What I would call whinstone.
Any ideas appreciated
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by f8met » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:00 am

Leather working? Dips could still be natural rather than as a result of it being used for work.
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by Mega B » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:02 am

Possibly natural or my 1st thought was it used for the top handheld part of a bow drill for making a fire and used on the top of the bow drill.
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by Lowland » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:07 am

f8met wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:00 am
Leather working? Dips could still be natural rather than as a result of it being used for work.
You’re right about them being maybe natural..
But On close examination there’s a straightish line between them along an edge
Almost looks like here the holes were nicked out from.
Leather workings a great suggestion.
Maybe grannies washboard stone?
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by Lowland » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:09 am

Mega B wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:02 am
Possibly natural or my 1st thought was it used for the top handheld part of a bow drill for making a fire and used on the top of the bow drill.
I like the bow drill suggestion.
It fits very very well in the palm of my hand.
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by thefiggis » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:16 am

Stone palm guard?
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Re: Strange smooth worked stone with a purpose but what ?

Post by Lowland » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:25 am

thefiggis wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:16 am
Stone palm guard?
Is a very good idea...
Would work pretty well.
The centre bottom of the two craters is rough compared to the rest of the stone
Which would likely happen if it was a leather working palm guard or close to that.
This is the bugger of buying ebay stuff
There’s no flipping context
Was It found amongst the roman pottery or chucked in the box at a later date.
I dinnae ken.
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