I found this rock in my garden (Cheshire, UK) and wondered whether it had been fashioned by humans for some use. If so what was it used for and what is its history?

The two largest holes on either side go right through, almost like a bead. It seemed too specific to have happened naturally.

The outside of the rock is quite smooth though it has some small holes in addition to the larger ones. These could be weathering. It is quite light, though it feels solid. Definitely feels and sounds like rock rather than a seed pod or other organic material. Light brown, orange in colour. The hole through the centre is not entirely smooth, though it is very nearly a straight line.

Thanks for your help!

Additional note: it doesn't float.

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  • Sorry didn't realise they were out of focus, amended the photos. I'm pretty certain it's not a seed pod, when you tap it against tile or similar it definitely sounds like stone. More solid and less hollow than a seed pod also. Thanks – Helena Johnson Apr 22 at 19:01
  • Interesting test, no it doesn't float. – Helena Johnson Apr 22 at 19:26
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    Picture number two may show tool workings creating a bevel around the hole, so you might try a local university. It may be a neolithic stone bead, but pretty much impossible to tell from a picture. – justCal Apr 22 at 19:38
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    You could also try asking in a local museum, once they reopen. – Graham Nye Apr 22 at 21:53
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    Could also be a weight used in hand spinning of yarn (Thank you, Time Team) – DJohnM Apr 23 at 4:32

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