Mohawk Native American Indian Mano Stone Sharpening Tool Mohawk Valley NY Charleston
This is some type of artifact from the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Native American Indian tribe located in Upstate New York in the Mohawk Valley. This specific piece was dug out of a farm on W. Lykers Rd near Charleston Four Corners in Montgomery County New York. This Mohawk Valley farmer has peppered me with a few NA pieces throughout the years as his place was definitely located on Indian grounds. He had this hanging in one his barns for as long as I can remember. I'm glad he finally made it available to me.
He told me it was a "corn crushing tool". Later found out they called these manos or mano stones. This one is larger than most and from the hand drilled hole it looks as if it was suspended and dropped to crush the corn or meal. I also see distinct black marks which could be from sharpening arrow points on. Possibly used to sharpen other tools, blades, or weapons (see our photos).
The stone stands 9" tall and measures 4 1/4" across the widest point of the body. It looks as it if it was worked into a teardrop shape. We took close ups for you too size and condition. This is a great early Mohawk Valley Collectible.