After giving a comprehensive guide to spelunking from a metal perspective in an earlier post, I here give a guide/model for interpreting some artefacts from a similar view. Hammers are important objects sometimes found in the archaeological record. They are indices of human activity. By coincidence they are frequently used in metal songs as well. As indices, hammers are semiotic signs (in the Peircean sense):
Sign of the hammer (Manowar)
The sign (index) of the hammer indicates that it was used in a continuous action sequence. First, the human agent Raise[d] the hammer (Icon).
After hitting the nail the agent Raise[d] the hammer and let the Hammerfall again.
Before one can make this complex analysis The hammer (Motorhead) itself must be described.
All hammers have a shaft and a Hammerhead (Overkill). That is basically all that is needed to know about the materiality of hammers.
If you find a hammer in the wrong context maybe U can’t touch this (MC Hammer).