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Just wondering if you could tell me if the enclosed photos of a rock I found look man made or natural

Hi Tommy
Looks like a natural piece of limestone or some similar sedimentary rock.  Rocks often break into shapes that look like they might be useful tools.  Don't throw it away, though.  If and when the opportunity arises to show it to an archaeologist, do so.  There is only so much one can tell about such an object from a photograph.  If I am mistaken, showing the artifact to another archaeologist would give you a second opinion, and a chance to correct my view.
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Questions about Old World prehistoric archaeology (mainly Europe, Near East, and Africa during the Paleolithic period/Pleistocene Epoch). IMPORTANT: I do not give advice about colleges. I do not appraise the value of artifacts or fossils. IMPORTANT: Between February 14 and September 01, 2014, I will be on sabbatical leave. During this time I will have limited access to email. This means that there may be very long periods (i.e., weeks) between your posting a question and my having time to answer it.


University professor of anthropology/archaeology since 1991. Dozens of publications in peer-review anthropology journals. Director of archaeological-paleontological expeditions and excavations in Israel, Jordan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya. See my main profile under Allexperts` "Anthropology" section. Professional website: Personal website:

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