Large multi-purpose tool or ore stone
Locality: Stone County, MO., surface find in a wash near Spring Creek.
I have puzzled over this beautiful worked piece of flint rock for years ever since I found it in a wash along a creek bank in Missouri. While it is clear from the conchoidal fractures that it has been worked by human hands: It has several sharp edges consistent with a scraper or large knife used to work animal hides. But it also appears that it may have been an “ore,” that is, a larger piece of stone from which “spalls,” or smaller flakes, are broken off from in order to make arrowheads. Either way, it would have been a prized item to possess.
It has always been a passion of mine to look at things like this and ponder what uses it may have had in the hands of a Native American hundreds or thousands of years ago. ~Clif