Help identifying stone tool?

regehr

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My friend's kid found this in the Escalante area today, anyone know what it is?
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regehr

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It looks like an awl, possibly repurposed from a broken point. The shortest side (upper side in both photos) looks broken off. Could've been used to punch holes in leather, but broke and was discarded.
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Could be a broken drill/awl as @Udink states. I've also seen small similar shards that I think were used as scrapers (for prepping hides and such). They could have been made specifically for the job or were repurposed points.

I once found a similar stone with a hole drilled into it -- it was in/near what I believe was an old lake bed judging by the fossil shells/brachiopods in the area. I think it may have been used as a sinker for a fishing net. Your "item with a hole" almost looks like an old piece of bone??

Attached is a picture of some of the points/flint I have found in the fields around our farm over the years. You can also see the stone with the hole.

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Yes the second thing is either sandstone or else heavily weathered pottery. Both were down in a random wash so we don't have any other context. Thanks!!
 
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