The Native American ToolBox

       Along with Arrowheads, collectors find amazing tools  and other ephemera used by Native Americans every day.
       These artifacts were most often left behind, and have consequently been used by many people, perhaps over hundreds of years.
       To me, these items are more interesting than points for many reasons, one of which is the story they tell of ancient life.

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.

Click to go to Smoke blower Page

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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