14. Three American Indian Stone Plummets

Indian Mound Culture, Ohio, 1st millennium AD
Size: 10 cm; 9.5 cm; 8 cm

In 1870 Ed Stevens published Flint Chips. On page 500 he dismissed the use of such stones as fishing-line weights or ear ornaments, theories that had been advanced to explain their function. The problem is that plumb weights are generally used for building, and the Plains Indians did not build buildings.