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Indian Hammer

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Meet guys I worked with all of us long retired for breakfast. Bill brought an Indian hammer his dad found picking rocks in a plowed farm field about 80 years ago, quite a few arrowheads had been found but one hammer, next to a coffee cup.

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Nice find 馃憣
I also found one on our family farm many years ago. I have seen them sell for around $50.
IME with artifacts, $50 would be a very low price for such an item. Also, any artifact made of "greenstone" is even more valuable.

Rick
I鈥檓 not saying that they were not used for hammers. But the proper nomenclature should be 鈥渨ar club鈥.
We have found several of them in our fields over the years.
Where my farm is located is kind of the DMZ zone between the Sioux and the Chippewa . In the spring when the Sioux and their horses were weak and unhealthy from the winter the Chippewa would attack the Sioux and drive back south or west. In the fall the Sioux were strong and healthy and their horses were well fed they would attack the Chippewa who were busy gathering their crops from their fields, and the men were off hunting for the winters meat supply. And drive them back north.
That war club was a precious item. They weren鈥檛 easily made in a short time. A lot of work and effort went into it. I have to think if it was lost they would go back and spend a lot of time to look for it. I strongly suspect that the owner of that club never got the chance to go back and look for it and the battle ended someplace some distance from where it was dropped and the club wasn鈥檛 recover by the victor.

It truly is an artifact from the Stone Age. By the 1800鈥檚 they were using metal , copper, brass, some iron when they traded with the fir companies.
I鈥檝e looked at them and often wished that it could tell me the story captured in it. Would that be great.

Be safe, stay healthy and strong and Gods Blessings to all of you.
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The picture doesn't show up on my computer. Would have loved to see it. I have found several nice points and blades over the years but never a hammer or ax. Even a few clay marbles and other odds and ends.
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