Description: Polished "Cotton Rock" Adz - This Adz is highly polished and appears to have been double ended. One end has been treated badly. (see photos). It is made of highly polished "Cotton Rock". This material is called "Cotton Rock" because of its light weight compared to it's mass. When prehistoric man pecked and ground this material into shape, it was a much heavier stone. However, over the years that it laid buried in the ground, it's weight "leaches" out. The result is that it becomes, in varying degrees, much lighter than it was originally. Because of it's lack of heft, modern agricultural methods really reek havoc on artifacts made of this material. Whole examples of this material are unusual. Ex- Monty & Jewdy Pennington
Description: Hardstone Pestle or Maul - This BIG piece is either a Pestle or a Maul. It may have been a Pestle used on a suspension limb. It was recovered in Kentucky. It has an old catalogue # on it. It is from the collection of Brandon Tyree.
Description: Limonite Bead - This
Limonite Bead was found on the Fred Lawson Farm, at
the confluence of the Cumberland River and Flat Creek, Knox County by
Don McKeehan. It has exfoliated some, but still retains it's
integrity. This little piece was an eye-opener and a myth buster
for me. FOR those who have said that any cylindrical hole in an
artifact of diameter less than 3/8ths or 7/16ths or so is suspect, this
piece was being reed drilled ( drilled with hollow cane packed with
sand) and the hole diameter is 7/64 ths of an inch. Allowing for
tolerances from the sand, the cane used here was around 3/16 ths of an
inch in diameter. The "nipple" is about the size of a pencil lead!
This piece, Jewdy loved, so I am retiring it to her personal collection
but I wanted to post it for everyone for educational purposes!
Jewdy Pennington Collection