ham·​mer·​stone | \ ˈha-mər-ˌstōn How to pronounce hammerstone (audio) \

Definition of hammerstone

: a prehistoric hammering implement consisting of a rounded stone

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the finds were traces of a fossilized forest 32 meters beneath the waves, including tree roots, terrestrial snail shells, and peat—plus a small flint flake and part of a broken flint hammerstone shaped by hunter-gatherers. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Relics washed up on beaches reveal lost world beneath the North Sea," 30 Jan. 2020 Mackie drops the hammerstone into a plastic zip-lock bag with a small piece of paper denoting its depth and location in the pit. Rafal Gerszak, Smithsonian, "It’s one of the greatest mysteries of our time. But archaeologists and even geneticists are closer than ever to understanding when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas," 19 Dec. 2019 There, the edges of the bone fragments and the impact points of the hammerstones looked more like what happened when archaeologists cracked open deer bones after a couple of weeks or longer. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest leftovers, left in Pleistocene storage containers," 14 Oct. 2019 Most of the metapodials at Qesem were broken into fragments, and many were pitted and flaked as if they’d been hit with a hammerstone. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest leftovers, left in Pleistocene storage containers," 14 Oct. 2019 The site’s capuchins use quartzite cobbles as hammerstones, and tree limbs and loose stones as anvils. The Economist, "Capuchin monkeys have been using stone tools for around 3,000 years," 27 June 2019 None of the animal bones found nearby bears cut marks or cracks from hammerstones to suggest that people were butchering any of those potentially tasty grazing animals at Shangchen. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago," 11 July 2018 The team also provided experimental evidence that hammerstones and anvils make similar fracture patterns in fresh elephant bones, suggesting by analogy that such a process could have been at work at the Cerutti site. National Geographic, "Humans in California 130,000 Years Ago? Get the Facts," 26 Apr. 2017 The cobbles that served as hammerstones and anvils, then, could not have entered the layer by natural means. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "Did Humans Arrive in America a Hundred Thousand Years Earlier Than We Thought?," 26 Apr. 2017

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Hammerstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerstone. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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