Neither of your rocks are showing up
Have you tried uploading them to this website and then directly linking them
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The darkness at the tip is interesting. Does it appear stained, or just darker stone? Is the edge sharp at all? This almost looks like it could be
used for scraping hide. Good size for fitting in the hand. Just a guess though.
Some of the darker spots are actually some kind of deposit/vein of a darker mineral, i presume. It is not sharp anymore and i figure it is from the
"stone age" but it seems much more worn on one side so you may be right about the scraping of skins.
One way to find out more about the artifact would be to contact someone from your state historical society or possibly someone in the anthropology
department of a nearby university.
You should also be aware that taking artifacts from burial mounds is, technically, illegal. See link
here. You clearly didn't take the artifact with any ill
intent, and I doubt you would be prosecuted now, 20 years after the fact, but it is something you should be aware of in the event you look into the
object further and speak with people more knowledgeable in the field.
Speaking as professional leatherworker and knapper, I would lean towards knapping as it is fairly bulky for a scraper and is articulated in a fashion
common to antler tools (and lacks the groves and deposits indicative of a handled tool like a hammer). If it did in fact come from a burial mound then
you should contact the nearest tribal authority as soon as possible. Taking burial artifacts is not only illegal but in fairly poor taste as it is
disrespectful. Being in Kentucky, you won't be able to find a federally recognized tribe nearby, however there are several locations for the state
representatives of the Shawnee along the Ohio and Cherokee towards the mountains. Since it seems it was not taken with malice, it will likely be
happily accepted for reburial and sometimes they are even happy to trade something less sacred for it as a token of good will and appreciation.
Private message me if you need help finding the appropriate outlet for such an artifact.
Also it is worth noting that there are plenty of non burial artifacts in Kentucky as it was used by a large variety of tribes and contained notably
few permanent settlements. I use several non burial artifacts as tools as they frequently work better than modern tools (and it feels like honoring my
ancestors to boot).
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