A nice selection of metates and manos-- rarer than hen's teeth these are.
Hammerstones, scrapers, bone tools and hand-held "bowls".
Two tools here are enlarged for detail lower down this page.
Note huge hammer next to celt-- it has hafting lines as does the celt.
The celt, commonly found in East Texas is a rare find here in Austin.
Tools commonly show trade between groups of Native Americans.
A very large ax (ground on all sides but bit)-- notice "pecking"
indicating this tool was used as percussion base for other tool-making purposes.
This little hand-held grinding dish looks to have
been used for the grinding of some sort of seeds.
Note the pecked area and how the substance was pushed into dish.
Mystery tool, I believe to be a pottery anvil used to smooth
pottery created by coiling. I believe this tool to be a unique find for Austin, Texas.
Very heavy igneous stone, perhaps a meteorite,
smoothed all over. Was the slight grooving used to hone edges?
Edge near thumb is flat, perhaps to better fit the stone in a palm.
Very large metate stone-- 3' across. This stone was used as a platform
for all kinds of uses as is evident by numerous lines and marks.
It was found in a stack of rocks used to build a wall by a homeowner.
This amazing artifact is a very large (almost 30cm long,
weighing several pounds)
smoke-blower used for ceremonies. Combustible materials were stuffed into the pipe, lit, and
then smoke blown over the subject/object to be "sanctified".
It was found, by Rich, on a bison kill site now a limestone quarry.
It is the largest ever found in Texas. Note the scribed lines.
The "blowhole" running through the object is over 1/2" in diameter.
Click the image to go to another page about this amazing find.
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