HAMMERSTONES
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

PRIVATE COLLECTION
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    This picture shows five examples of well rounded
hammerstones from various sites in southern Illinois.
They all show heavy battering over their entire
surfaces. They could have been used to make ground
stone tools like celts or axes. Or some of them could
have been used as percussion flakers to make knives,
spades or any one of a variety of different flaked stone
artifacts. The materials are all hard stones like chert
and granite. They range in size from 2 inches (5.1 cm)
to 3 inches (7.6 cm) in diameter.
COPYRIGHT SEPTEMBER 30, 2006 PETER A. BOSTROM

Five hammerstones from southern Illinois.

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