Identifying a Carved Rock

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Finding a unique object, such as an incised rock, while out working or hiking is exciting. Determining if your find is an artifact is best done by contacting your local museum or the anthropology/archaeology department at the nearest university.


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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!

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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.


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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