Attached is a photo of an artifact that my wife found In July 2007, South of Valmeyer, IL. My better half, Shari, found the attached mace in a farm field south of Valmeyer laying in the edge of a farm field. She said she thought it looked like a piece of plastic at first and exclaimed "Vince you might want to come look at this!". It had been plowed up by a plow and deposited on the side of the field.
When I saw it I knew it was an important piece, and I showed Dr. Gomer, who suggested a resemblance to the Hooked Eagle claw maces of the Duck River Cache and stated it is a piece of "Big Medicine Status"thought it resembles the hooked maces from the Duck River Cache Hooked or Eagle Claw pieces. http://www.lithicca stinglab. com/gallery- pages/duckriverm useumdisplaylarg e.htm
Could it relate to these object functionality in style? Has anyone heard of any other possible hooked eagle claw effigy celt/
maces found in southern Illinois ? The hooked piece is not an accidental break as it may seem, rather a very carefully and skillfully worked addition.
I sent photos of it to the director of the McClung museum and to Pete Bostrom, and they sugested its a broken spud. Howver, upon inspection, it is clearly not broken and the hooked claw is not a mistake, but instead carefully and skillfully chipped.
If this piece is indeed a hooked mace, and I believe that it resembles the Famous Duck River cache hooked eagle claw maces, it does show a remarkable
connection across ancient waterways.