A stone sphere

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1983shj
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Good afternoon everyone,

Hope this is ok to post as it is not actually metal, but I have just found it whilst out detecting (on the surface in a stubble field). It’s a weighty stone sphere, definitely looks formed rather than natural, and has two small holes at either end, I presume running through the stone. I have absolutely no idea!!

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Any pictures Sam?
Edit: And pictures appear :thumbsup:
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Looks natural to me. :thumbsup:
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I don't think so, it doesn't look like stone that is found around here (East Anglia), and the holes are definitely formed - two at each hemisphere. I definitely think it has been shaped and the holes must have served some purpose, maybe string fed through them etc? I thought it could be neolithic but perhaps just wishful thinking?
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Difficult from the pictures alone but the holes don't look 'made'. First guess - fossil sponge but you'd need to break it open to be sure.
Picture of a couple of local fossil sponges in flint - one with a hole at opposite sides.
And it is only a guess.
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Do the holes correspond in size and spacing ....the same at either end? Do they go all the way through?
If the stone isn't a normal natural stone for your area then it is definitely possible it is 'something'. For example, I now live in a very 'flinty' area and often stones look like they could be stone tools etc but the bulk of them are struck by farm machinery. Whereas, when i lived in Staffordshire, a very NON-flinty area, I remember finding a piece of flint in a field with a 'bulb of percussion and the very fact it was not local edged me towards it having been used in the stone age.
What kind of stone is it? Looks quite a nice greeny colour with streaks.
Anyway, as I see it, there are several possibilities:
A) It is natural.
B) It is formed by some mechanical process. For example my brother used to use the stones in his garden that had been used in a giant industrial tumbler machine (for crushing pigments) and they were lovely smooth shapes .
C) It is a man-made shape and had a specific use.
D) It is a stone shaped by nature which was a useful shape and size for a specific purpose and the holes were added.
The key, of course, is what it could be used for.
I wonder if it is a bolas. Stones on cords which were used to bring down animals.
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Thanks all, I'm going with the idea it is a neolithic hammerstone - the holes may just be coincidental, but it is definitely shaped. The Suffolk Heritage Explorer also records neolithic activity in the field I found it in, so that is my educated guess. I've reported it to the FLO anyway, so may be proven totally wrong and I have in fact just found a rock :D
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Cleaned up a little and wet shows it a bit more clearly
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Is it even possible to drill flint in that way, if the holes are man made... I'm not so sure.....
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I’m sure I read somewhere about movement of water,ice and stones causing stones to be formed like that during the ice age but I can’t remember where I read it.
I’d guess that it is natural, either some type of fossil as already mentioned or a natural formation of some sort
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I thought it was perhaps something along these lines, but the jury is coming out in favour of a plain old rock, if a rather tactile one!

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/811171

https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... /id/180293
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Now it's wet it looks more like a septarian nodule or some similar stone, which could be bored although difficult. Needs hands on.

I'd like to see the stone in the second PAS link - doesn't look like a hammer stone and I suspect the surface features have been misinterpreted.
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