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Lost and FoundPosted Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at 5:27 PM
Each of these stones is a gray-green color, and is what we commonly refer to as soapstone. Each stone is exactly nine inches square, 1-1/2 inch thick and weighs eleven pounds. Each stone has twelve holes drilled all the way through, but not tapered. The three holes at the top are 3/16 inch in diameter, the next three are 1/4 inch. The first row of holes at the bottom are 5/16 and the next three are 3/8 in.
The fact that the holes in these stones are not tapered would rule out the probability of being prehistoric.
There was no other material found with these stones, which would indicate that they were not part of a trash dump. They were found about 40 feet from an abandoned railroad line, eight feet apart and only ten inches below the surface.
Would you like to hazard a guess as to what these stones were designed, and made for?
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Paul Corbin is a 100-year-old historian, humorist, and amateur archaeologist from Advance, Mo. He grew up in the Greenbrier area west of Advance, where he attended Stepp School on the banks of Cato Slough and the Castor River, important waterways throughout his life. In an age when many area residents did not go to high school, the young Corbin made the decision to walk the five miles to Zalma, graduating in 1933. Throughout his life, he was an enterprising businessman, selling Watkins products from house to house throughout a large area - and later opening a variety store in Advance. He and his wife Geneva traveled throughout the United States, even following the route that the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled. His knowledge of Native American culture is extensive, and he has donated a sizeable collection of his artifacts to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center and the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill. Throughout the years, he has submitted articles to TBY, the North Stoddard Countian, the Ozark Mountaineer, and several other Missouri publications. He has also written two books - "Reflections in Missouri Mud," and "Fragments of my Feeble Mind." The first one is out of print.
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