EDIT ADDITTION of three tiems!! I was cultivating that field last week and turned these up. They were found within inches of each other. Looks like mortar and pestle type stuff. Note the large shallow depression similar to the one on the original rock. Must be some purpose for that since it seems to occur along with the smaller holes. I wonder what particular function those larger depressions served. If you know enlighten me! See the 2 photos of the 3 items together. The 3 weigh 304 grams in total. You now get all 4 items. Figured they should all stay together. Native American Indian artifact. Or both One hole is so sharp at the bottom I’d say that was the fire hole/stick holder for bow drilling. [Variously known as “cupstones, ” “anvil stones, ” “pitted cobbles” and “nutting stones, ” among other names, these roughly discoidal or amorphous groundstone artifacts are among the most common lithic remains of Native American culture]. This was picked from the field out back in the 1970’s and used as a door stop up until about 10 years ago when a remodel obviated its need. Since then it held down a trash can lid! Excellent gravity accumulator tool! This was collected in Southern Door County Wisconsin. The source rock is most likely a glacial till erratic given its smoothness and the dolomitic bedrock here. This seems to be a micro crystalline homogeneous igneous rock, perhaps basaltic? I don’t know the tribal history of this area specifically but the likely pre anglo inhabitants most of the time or at various times were probably Menominee, Oneida, Hochunk, Potawatomi , or?? This tool is about SIX inches and weighs 1934 grams. There are 4 pits and one larger dished area. There is also a fresher chips out of it. The rest of the rock seems to have areas that have been worked a bit. Not sure if it is decorative, failed attempts to start holes, or what. Perhaps someone can tell me. You know you want this. MAKE AN OFFER before someone else does!! The item “Native American Indian Mortar Artifact Rock Stone Tool Pottawatomie Menominee” is in sale since Monday, July 6, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\Pre-1600\Artifacts”. The seller is “sellitallus” and is located in Forestville, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Handmade: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- California Prop 65 Warning: Don’t eat this !!!! and … don’t drop it on your toe !!
- Culture: Native American: US
- Provenance: Ownership History Available
- Origin: Native American Tools