Hammerstone, Hydrogrossular Garnet ; Unknown; Oceania, New Zealand, South Islan...

Name/Title

Hammerstone, Hydrogrossular Garnet

About this object

This is a piece of hydrogrossular garnet, the telltale battering marks on one edge of this stone indicate that it was used as a hammerstone.

Hammerstones are used to flake off pieces of another stone in the process of lithic reduction, often to make tools. Because of this, hammerstones need to be hard and hydrogrossular garnet, at 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, fits this requirement. Material such as this is hard enough to work pounamu (nephrite jade, bowenite, and serpentinite) which Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand) is well known for.

Date Made

Unknown

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland

Subject and Association Keywords

Māori

Medium and Materials

inorganic, mineral, hydrogrossular garnet

Measurements

h 10 mm x w 50 mm x d 40 mm

Object Type

equipment

Object number

RI.MA86

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