Something I found in the dirt while planting...

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    Any ideas? I am thinking a dinosaur tooth, but I have NO idea for sure. This is an area where we filled with dirt when we built the house so it isn't virgin soil and I am pretty sure I won't find anything more of significance... but it is interesting. 100_2086.JPG 100_2088.JPG 100_2089.JPG 100_2090.JPG
     

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    Hi. Very interesting your find and may I please mention a thought that occurs. It has the very definite look of flintstone about it and as you know going way way back all manner of tools and implements were shaped from this stone by prehistoric man and much later - probably all over the world. It was all very cleverly done and such items are found here all the time.
    Axes, spearheads arrowheads knives and other cutting tools swords/daggers to mention just a few. Very sharp edges could be produced such as used in skinning animals- the process has come to be known as "flint - knapping".
    Perhaps look in this direction for an answer - try museums flint collections on Google.- be very interesting to know Good luck. Syd.
     
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    Syd, it doesn't have the feel of flint. I grew up in an area where there are arrowheads in abundance... every Spring my brothers walked through the field to work at the farm behind us and would pick them up regularly.. the feel is not smooth like any of the arrowheads they gleaned. this is very rough and the curve is an amazingly even radius. if you look closely there is a "bevel" on the radius.... what would something like that be for? beats me, thats for sure.
     
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    Hi carolyn. Its all very interesting for sure - its amazing what does turn up in the garden whilst digging.
    I live in an area of UK which is probably the best known for all activities with flints - the Brecklands of Suffolk - ex flint mines galore.
    One of the joys is all the flint faced cottages/buildings and have to say the range of colours etc etc is really something - knapped faces are usually very smooth agreed but who knows what the passage of time/weather will do to an item.
    Worth a thought for sure - not big enough I suppose to try strike another stone against it to see if it sparks. Have you a museum to send it to for identification - be really good to know.
    Nice to talk to you. Best wishes. Syd.
     
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    Thanks Syd, best to you also. We do have a museum of natural history very close. Maybe some day I can get there and have a visit about it. It will have to wait until Winter though. much too busy right now to go on a jaunt for this.
     
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    That darned Piltdown man, he never picks up after himself...
     
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    Very interesting object Carolyn,..doesn't look like a natural rock break,..more like it was formed either by man or some sort of fossilized tooth or horn,..put it on top of a list to find out from an expert,..you have me curious:headscratch:
     
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    I'm curious also so please let us know what you find out.
     
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    Simple, it's a sex stone. PM me if you want to know why. Rock is often formed with a grain, much like wood. When it breaks, it breaks along that grain. Your mind creates the form.
     
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    Hi. My feeling is that it is stone of some type if not flint. I looked on Google at some pics of Granite and the surface look/colours/texture of this also looks like carolyns find. If made into some object/implement can believe granite like flint would be quite durable.
    All very interesting.
    A little addendum to my earlier comment ref Suffolk - there are over 400 old flint mines in Breckland going back 5000 years.
     
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    I think that it is a knife blade.
    I have found identical-looking things made of flint.
    Because it isn't made of flint, it may have been an early implement or ceremonial.

    I have a feeling that it is something of importance and worth looking into. If you discover what it is, puh-LEEZE let us know.
     
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    Hi carolyn sjoerd et al. Stones are featuring in this most interesting topic - I have never studied the subject but have always had this great fascination with them. Whenever walking always took an interest in them and particularly so when walking on stony beaches etc. Near to where we last lived was a wide river with some lengths of these - countless millions of stones of all shapes (some quite fascinating) colours and sizes - did so love to pick up "specials" for a closer look. Many of them again of all sizes had holes worn through them almost certainly made by dripping water. I always wondered just how long it took for this to happen and whereabouts.
    Many people collect stones - grind off their outer surface to reveal the inside colour - then polish them highly - some wonderful colours and also mottled finishes.
    There is probably a technical name for this activity - must look it up. Syd.
     
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    On a more serious note. I don't know how pre-contact man made axes. They could have been roughly shaped by striking (knapping). To me that looks more like the kind of stone used for hand-axes, than fossilized bone, or flint work.
     
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    Hi. Sorry but I thought all the axes were made by knapping from flint - love all these different comments and thoughts - very interesting.
     
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