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Amateur Archaeologist Hypotheses

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Here's what our cyber-archaeologists have proposed:

I think it's a part of a fish or a whale sculpture, maybe used to help the hunters carve the whales into this area.

-- Lisa, Monmouth, Ore.

This artifact looks like part of a harpoon point.

-- Ellen, New York, N.Y.

Because it is so smooth looking it must be pretty old. Maybe it is part of a skull that fits between the eyes. It could also be a toy.

-- Nathan, Boston, Mass.

It has a notch on one side. Maybe it was tied to a string and worn by a person who caught a walrus.

-- Robert, Atlanta, Ga.

I think that it was used to help notch an arrow, because of that groove in it. It also could possibly be part of some sort of stand.

-- Anna, Duluth, Minn.

A heart to give to their wives.

-- Beth, Soldotna, Alaska

I think it is a sphere holder because it has that big groove in it and it has a flat bottom. I also think it is an ice scraper.

-- Sammy, Soldotna, Alaska

I think that this object was to throw at birds. The reason it is in the shape of a boomerang is so it would fly easily.

-- Billy, Soldotna, Alaska

I think it is a toy or a part of a toy. It looks like something a child might carve or have someone carve for them.

-- Sarah, Chelsea, Mich.

I believe that this artifact is a piece of an instrument -- like the bridge of a violin. The large notch (the gap formed by the twoends of the "v") rested against a long stick and the small notch on the opposite side held the string. This way the person could pluck the string. Even though this would have been a one stringed instrument, the "bridge" was free to move up and down the stick thus creating different notes/pitches.

-- Kaledor, Ann Arbor, Mich.

My hypothesis on this object -- this object was used as a grinding tool, probably aiding in the sharpening of spear and harpoon heads, knifes and other tools used back then.

-- Matthew, Chelsea, Mich.

It could be a corner stone used to attach two objects.

-- Joshua, Augusta, Ga.

I think that the object had something to do with a board game or entertainment of some sort, or in mashing, churning or preparing food.

-- Brandon, Chelsea, Mich.

This may sound pretty stupid, but I don't think it's anything important. Due to the fact that all of the other objects previously shown looked as if they had an actual purpose and this is fairly plain looking, I don't believe it has any significance.

-- Eric, Spencer, Iowa

I think it was used as a piece of a game or maybe it was something used to scrape ice off the eskimos ground cloth or sleeping skins.

-- Taylor, Winston-Salem, N.C.

I think it is a sort of boomerang that the hunters used for hunting birds and other animals that are high in trees. It looks like a boomerang and is small so it would not go straight through small animals and it would be small enough to go in between branches easily.

-- Katy, Londonderry, N.H.

I think it might have been a blunted arrow head for knocking something out.

-- Micah, Rio, Wis.

My hypothesis is that it was a learning tool for young children, mainly girls to use to grind corn into flour. With this tool they could use both of their hands. The flat side is the side that faces down during the grinding process.

-- Kelsey, Defiance, Iowa

It looks like a tool for rubbing bones or other long objects smooth. The side with the larger V is worn out. Ten started to use other side.

-- Jeff, Salt Lake City

I think it was used for wrapping thread on by women and used as an aid while sewing furs together for clothing. It may be complete, or it may be half of the thread spool.

-- Zach and Kendal, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

I think it was a heart gift or a necklace charm.

-- Nicole Stiteler, Newburgh, New York

Used for hunting deer.

-- Spencer, Mesa, Ariz.

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