photo by Walter Muma
|The purpose of this artifact is
Email from "Hank", Sep 2005:
I believe the artefact on your web site is either an arrow
straightener or a fishing net edge weight.
An arrow straightener is used by heating the stone artefact,
then passing green or wet arrow blanks through and pulling them
from the opposite side. Repeating this time and again, knocks
the bumps off, and trues the arrow.
A net edge weight is smaller, about 3x5, and is hung around the
edge of a net to give it weight when throwing. The Indians
around Tule Lake, CA used them a lot, but they where soft stone,
enabling them to make them quickly. they also mad their
arrowhead from obsidian. We have several mountains called "glass
Mountain" which are obsidian volcanoes.