Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mystery Stones and Newspaper Clippings by way of a Mid-week Extra

It’s time for another of those annoying interruptions to the preordained scheduling of this board -- although not all that annoying I suspect, seeing as it comes at the end of a three part article about torf delving. Incidentally, if you're looking for that elusive third part, then you probably ought to see a psychiatrist. However, mental deficiencies aside, it can be found immediately below this posting -- as the chronological crow flies. In the meantime, here’s a clipping from today’s Fleetwood Weekly News:

Obviously that's a bit small for the average human eyeball to digest. (Editor: Does that sentence conjure up an extremely odd image, or is it just me?) If you want to actually read the clipping you'll have to click on the image itself to enlarge it.
And if you're that way inclined, you can also contribute to the discussion/speculations about these mystery objects over at the forum by clicking on the following link:

Incidentally, by a strange twist of fate (considering that it's not even a proper pre-prepared Fylde and Wyre Antiquarian article) this is our 200th posting. Please leave the usual congratulatory bottles of whisky, boxes of chocolates etc on the garden wall in brown paper bags.


Anonymous said...

200 posts...well done. Could you please provide an image of yourself, drunk, for proof. I need 100+ points of a statuary declaration.

Brian Hughes said...


I try not to have photographs of myself taken if I can help it. I'm amazed that people are still reading this after 200 postings. One disturbing photograph could frighten them all off.

John said...


I've seen stone tools like those before, but can't remember offhand the significance of the curve on the bottom.

They are probably either atlatl weights, or sinker stones for fishing nets, and are definitely prehistoric. Items like these are found here in the states, and yes, they could drill holes in stones back then.

Atlatl weights were usually curved, though, and sinker stones not that fancy, and hammers and hoes had different edges.

I can't see what coin that is, so i can't judge the size of them. Size matters, of course.

I'll do some research...

JOHN :0)

John said...

Just read the comments at the forum. Again, size could give a clue. The idea that they had two holes and broke doesn't seem right since both objects seem the same. Chances are, two similar items found at the same place might indicate more.

Why do you rule out fishing net weights? Weights are usually found at the shore, come in multiples, and are perforated stone. The rounded bit on the bottom could be a sophisticated addition to the standard 'throwaway' weights. The rouned bit might help hold the ropes better?

Still researching....

JOHN :0)

Brian Hughes said...


"I can't see what coin that is, so i can't judge the size of them."

It's a penny, which is about a centimetre in diameter. They're not big stones by any means.

"Why do you rule out fishing net weights?"

Because, apparently, they don't weigh much. I'll find out better next Wednesday when Steve brings them into the meeting.

"The rounded bit might help hold the ropes better?"

Funny you should say that. Michelle was thinking along the same lines. I think I might know how to solve this puzzle though. All I've got to do is build a contraption that'll take me back in time, from a couple of shoeboxes and an old walkie-talkie first...

John said...

Time travel would certainly answer quite a few questions, wouldn't it? But then again, it might take some of the fun out of archeology. Then again, it might save a lot of digging...

Still, would be nice to have a few easy answers, eh?

JOHN :0)

Brian Hughes said...


It'd put more fun into archaeology, I reckon...especially if only I could travel back in time and I left one of my books or something underneath Stone Henge when it was being constructed. That'd baffle a few people...

Jayne said...

I've read about these kind of stones being found by the drayload on the beaches of the Crimean Sea in Russia, with kids threading them on leather thongs to wear as pendants but they have a particular name I can't recall at the moment.
I'll try to find the book and the reference to them.

Andrew said...

I will go with fishing net weights. A heavy net would only need light weights perhaps. Make a nice pair of earrings.

Brian Hughes said...


" threading them on leather thongs to wear as pendants but they have a particular name I can't recall at the moment."

Dave and Jenny?


"Make a nice pair of earrings."

Better than most of the ones on QVC, I'd say.

JahTeh said...

Make a nice pair of Prince Alberts, Andrew.

Nice word verification - sordhate, as if I would.

Brian Hughes said...


That's a penny in the photograph. If they're Prince Alberts, the original owner mustn't have had much to brag about.