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On top of that, this tool could also be used as a spear point. Provenance: Knox Co, Illinois Date found: Auction May 2004, Hanna City, IL Price: 5 Extremely rare! Because of the fine grain of the sandstone (the "snails' shell") this artifact may have been an Indian maiden's personal fingernail file.

This is an amazing feat of Stone Age engineering: Fits in the left hand as if it were molded by squeezing clay - but this is hard iron-based hornblende stone! Most of us modern humans take it for granted that we have fingernail files - 11,000 years ago this item would have been a luxury.

A very rare find: "An interesting artifact for sure.

On close examination I am able to see that this crystal does have accumulated dirt deep in its fractures and that is impossible to fake on just one side of the artifact. Provenance: "My Dad bought it from someone at the 7 mile fair in Wisconsin in 1990. Now imagine grinding TWO grooves around the one stone - for whatever purpose - in good symmetry! Nowhere in Hothem's reference books could we find a double-grooved axe, celt or adze head - and this is a nice big one. Provenance: Spoon River valley in Illinois, Knox County.

I would have to say this artifact is authentic and of museum quality." S. From the Delores Hampton Collection D7 Type: Drill Length: 2 1/4 Material: Bone Flint Age: Early Archaic (11,600 to 8,000 BP) American Indian Tools: Holes in hides, wood - very rare, old and primitive drill, may have been used impact style. Acquisition: Antiques Mall / Galesburg, IL 1999 Price: $135 Probable Usage: A drill used with the thumb and forefinger.

A touching photograph (left) from the ceremony shows Hubert's heartbroken mother and brother holding their lost loved one's helmet, in front of a string of current and former competitors who were gathered to pay their respects.

The Renault Academy driver, who had been competing in his first season in the high-octane sport's second tier, rammed into the barrier trying to avoid a suspected out-of-control car.

We have not tried it out for fear of devaluating its original patina.

Provenance: Fulton Co, Illinois Date found: Auction May 2004, Hanna City, IL Price: All artifacts presented here from the Spoon River and other sites are guaranteed to be unaltered originals.

Alison Lapper has opened up about the tragic lead up to her son Parys's death earlier this month.

She said the 19-year-old (bottom left, a 14-year-old Parys with Miss Lapper) had suffered depression and anxiety before turning to drugs to cope with the torment of classmates who called her a 'crip'.

Most likely it is a ceremonial axe made for a chieftain or medicine man because crystal cannot take impact like conventional hardstone axes.

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