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    Posted 12 years ago

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    I found these stones almost 50 years ago near a destroyed/abandoned house that was probably built in the early 1900's. I have held on to them for all these years and NOW I have the time and YOU have the place to put this in an open forum (God Bless You!) They appear to have been rounded and shaped kind of like a biscuit. They are almost 3" in diameter and have been made from stone common to the area (SC). Any idea what they are and what they were used for?

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    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 12 years ago
      A very long time tumbling in the right kind of water situation can produce very symmetrical shapes some times. Just a thought.
    2. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 12 years ago
      Grinding stones used to grind grasses and cereals look something like these. These would be held in the hand and used in a rock pestle.
    3. mizjane, 12 years ago
      I would have never guessed they might be used for grinders. Wonder why there were 3---a big family maybe?
    4. gotwire gotwire, 12 years ago
      Called Mano's and as mrmajestic1 said, used to grind grains (mainly corn or maize) The grindstone base (Matate') would have a dished out smooth place where they did the grinding. Probably some of those laying around in the area.
    5. Budek Budek, 12 years ago
      Hello Jane,
      I love the stones! Years ago I went into a shop in western MA and found a very round stone with traces of red paint. It was clear that it had been shaped a long time ago, and what was left of the painted finish was antique . I had seen the stone once before and regretted not asking the price of it. The shop was way out in the country, on roads I wasn't familiar with, and I thought I'd never see it again. Months later I was giving a ride to some friends and happened upon the shop. I went in looking for the stone but didn't find it where I remembered seeing it. The shop-keeper,( who was blind ), asked what I was looking for. When I mentioned the stone he told me exactly where to find it. I was ecstatic!
      He remembered me swooning over it months before and wanted me to have it.
      I get chills just thinking of it again.
      Yes, I love your stones, and understand how you could keep them all these years.
      Thanks for posting them.

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