STONE DISC PALETTE
This small "notched" stone disc palette was found on a Mississippian site in western Tennessee and described in a report written by Fletcher Jolly in 1972. The Mississippian component on this site is identified as belonging to the Walls phase. This palette is reported to have been discovered with a burial that also contained ceramics and a highly polished rectanguloid piece of cannel coal that was placed beneath the skull. This palette is made of fine grained sandstone and it exhibits heavy grinding use wear. Both sides are reported to be worn down from rotary grinding. The center thickness is 4 mm thick and the rim measures 7 to 8 mm thick. The diameter of this palette is 4 3/8 inches (11.1 cm). It's also reported that there are traces of a reddish substance in the center of one side.