We found this metal block while digging in our yard.
It is 3x4x11 inches, very heavy (around 30 lbs), and shows rust.
Our property is in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Does anyone know what it is and its purpose?
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Steel barstock; My guess is some one picked it up where he works to use such as an anvil . It has little cash value so was abandoned when there was no more use or it did not do the job. I have had a few chunks like that , but what do you do with a pressure vessel nozzle cut-out 8" thick 12" diameter of chrome -moly steel ? They get very heavy . This reminds me , many decades ago I had a 4 ft long 18" diameter heavy wall pipe I was going to make into a lawn roller , but I left it behind the shed when I got divorced. Someone is wondering what that is.
Could be an unprocessed iron ingot. How or why it was left in the dirt is anyone's guess.
According to https://www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/volume-to-weight a 3"x4"x11" block of iron should weigh about 37 pounds which is close to your claim.