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Block Busters: What Systematic Replication Studies Reveal about Hypotheses on the Iron Ore Cubes (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Billie Follensbee. Allison Robbins. Sammie Hernandez. Alexandra Thrower. Nicholas Deckard.

Among the most enigmatic artifacts to emerge from Formative period Gulf Coast deposits are thousands of small, roughly rectangular cubes of iron ore that are perforated in a consistent, t-shaped pattern. Numerous hypotheses have been suggested for the function and meaning of these artifacts, including that they may have served as beads that were strung together as helmet decorations; as objects that were strung together to serve as a sort of armor or mail; as tiny hammers for chipping obsidian;...