UNIDENTIFIED FLOWN OBJECT: geological and archaeological?

Posted on August 23, 2014



PLATE I. A zoomorphic shape on the flat end of the stone.

   PLATE II. One of possibly three tiny triangular                                                                                                                            markings on the top right handside of the object.


                                                                                               PLATE 3. One suggestion is that the nodule is a conglomerate                                                                                                  stone containing a tiny fossil; grains of dirt frequently fall out of                                                                                                 opening at the top.

The photographs above show a stone that I found 30 years ago, in the fields on the low grounds near a large well-known neolithic monument in the south of England. I thought it was a fossil at the time. When clearing out the attic, I came across the stone again in 2013. I had used it for many years as a paper weight. I had never cleaned the small amount of clay from this stone as I did not wish to damage it. So I cleaned it finally in 2013, exposing the zoomorphic shape.

The object is nodular, looks like dundry stone, and has a zoomorphic impression/stamp on the flat end. There are no work marks in the groove which produced this zoomorphic shape. The shape itself may be a fish, a starfish or a bird. The rounded other end looks as if it was held in the hand and perhaps used as a stamp on clay/pottery; this rounded end has a small aperture on its peak, where dried grains of clay fall out regularly. This small surface has a flat slope. The object seems hollow. There are finger-like impressions on the part that it would have been hand-held. There are also two small and possibly three minute triangles on the flat outer side. These look like minute hallmarks.  These marks may be artificial or natural. The object may be a geological specimen that was used by a human secondarily, perhaps as a stamp etc. Its size is 5.5cm X 6cm at its widest points on the flat/base surface. Its height is 6.5cm. Its widest circumference at the base. Its narrowest circumference is 3cm.

I would wecome any views on this, before I use this nodule as a paperweight again.

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