Glad to have found a spot that keeps producing, finally.
The two shorty perds have been re-sharpened down to the nub and overall length is only about 1 1/2 inches. Real nice to see the black beauty come out all in one piece; and the datestone was a cool find as well.
Hard to say exactly "what" the ancients kept track of with these guys but I'll put in my educated guess.
I'd venture to say that before the calender year came about, they would need some way of tracking when certain things would be happening that were important to their cultures at the time. Heard movements, season shifts, or possibly even moon cycles could be some of the things they wanted to keep track of.
Of course it could just be notches in a gunstock that a hunter carved in the rock for how many kills he attained in a given period of time.
I tested the rock for hardness compared to a worked flint edge, and it isn't hard enough to do any sharpenening with (which was my other theory); so I have to feel it was some way to keep track of a certain recurring event.
You can see the straight lines carved in the rock..that was the give-away.
Your stone has 7 lines and so does mine. Bedrock Jack's has only 4. If you were not able to find Jack's burried in past stories,,,,Go back to front page, right side, click the translucent covington -- WINTER 2007. Scroll 3/4 down till you see a guy in a ball cap holding a "cat's head"
Asside from the name ,I always asumed mine was one of two possibilities;;
1. The result of stem "grinding" of a lancelot type blade.
2. DOODLING. Whittleing had not yet been invented yet, but people had the same amount of time on their hands at some point in their daily routines as they did in the hayday of whittleing in the 19th century.