Carved Rock Identification?

A friend of mine found this carved rock in Shannon County, Missouri and would like to know if it is an artifact or ? I am including a few images photographed from different angles - front, side and back.
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September 29, 20190 found this helpful
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Looks like you have a museum in your town. Here is the contact number for The Shannon County Museum 573-247-8706.

I hope it is something neat! It reminds me of something a late family member used to do to rocks when bored, carving neat patterns into them. At one point the intent was to make jewelry out of them, but that never happened, sadly.

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September 28, 20191 found this helpful

I would contact someone in the nearest museum. They would be able to tell, or refer you to someone who can.

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September 28, 20191 found this helpful

I would email the pictures to Jeffrey Ferguson, assistant professor of archeology at University of Missouri with the information you provided here. Good luck! fergusonje@missouri.edu

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September 30, 20190 found this helpful

9/30/19 Thank you for your suggestion to contact the Archeology Dept. at University of Missouri. I will do that and report back here.

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

There are several tribes of Indians that roamed the lands before they were ever developed. This could be from one of them.

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The only real way to find out is to contact a museum in the area and show the piece there. They can tell you where it came and have more knowledge of the rocks in this area.

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

A neat find no matter the outcome.
Since you have a museum and a university link you should be able to find out all about this rock.
I would be interested to know what kind of rock even if the carving is not 'old'.

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June 16, 20200 found this helpful

I don't know whether you were able to determine what your friend found, but to me it looks like a layer of clay on top of a flat stone. The top, incised layer is not the same color and there appears to be identifiable edges around the incised portion of the find. Let us know if you spoke the the archaeologist.

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