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265404 "John M Johnston (jmjhnstn)" <jmjhnstn@m...> 2018‑03‑13 Re: boxed stone
I second the notion that the excavation were made by a center bit. I have seen
this same pattern in the bottoms of excavations of the recesses for the firing
lock mechanism in 18th and 19th Century muskets and shotguns. Often the marks a
two or more diameters of centre bits are visible in the bottoms of these
recesses.

Cheers,
John

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therefore I beg you to write and let me know.” - Sir Boyle Roche, M.P.


I (very) strongly suspect (given the period, and diameter of the holes) that
those are the traces
of a centre bit. Cheap to make using hand methods, and very effective.

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