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[ham-er-stohn] /ˈhæm ərˌstoʊn/
noun, Archaeology
an ancient stone tool used as a hammer, as for chipping flint, processing food, or breaking up bones. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Two very fine skinning knives, one problematic stone, shaped round like a hammer stone, but flat on two sides.

  • If you cannot plow or hammer stone, go out quietly and die for the good of the many.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • It had plainly been used as a hammer stone, and is the only object of human origin found anywhere below the dark earth.

British Dictionary definitions for hammer stone


a stone used as a hammer in the production of tools during the Acheulian period
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hammer stone in Science
A hand-held stone or cobble used by hominids perhaps as early as 2.5 million years ago as a crude pounding or pecking tool. Hammerstones were also used by early humans in striking flakes from stone cores to produce core tools.
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