Worked Nutshells - Day's Knob Site

This is an interesting but apparently unrecognized and problematic artifact form.  Nutshells often appear buried in context with lithic artifacts, and these were initially dismissed as having been deposited by animals, but sometimes this hard material has the definite appearance of having been human-worked.  The objects shown below eroded from the bank above the spring that served as the site's water supply, a particularly artifact-rich location.

Above, a sandstone, in the common diamond-shaped (or kite-shaped) form and  incorporating the characteristic simple zoo-anthropomorphic imagery, is tightly wedged into a nutshell (acorn?) apparently trimmed for the purpose.

Another figure like the one above, although less striking.



This one incorporates a snail shell rather than a stone.  One might dismiss this as a natural occurrence, but if the snail had just happened to crawl into the hole and die, it seems improbable that after decomposition of soft tissue the shell would have remained so tightly wedged into the nut.  (All a bit speculative, of course...)

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