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Utility Tools and Ornamental Artifacts used by Early Man

Axes, Bannerstones, Birdstones, Arrowheads And Artifacts

(14000 B.P. to 900 B.P.)

  This section covers axes, bannerstones and birdstones of all periods that are made of hardstone, Slate, quartz, hematite, flint, chert and other materials that were primarily used as Weapons, utility tools such as axes and possibly ornamental artifacts such as, bannerstones and birdstones. These Artifacts are beleived to have been used in virtually all the time spans and periods starting with the Paleo Indian (14000 b.p.) through the Mississippian Period (3000 b.p.).

  “Bannerstone” is the name given to a variety of beautifully-crafted stone artifacts. The majority were made from slate and they range from simple hollow tubes to elaborate winged forms. Some bannerstones likely served as weights or decorations for the atlatl. Others are too large and ornate to have worked on a functioning atlatl. These ornate Artifacts were most likely used as adornment and status symbols.

  The atlatl, or spear-thrower, is a tool used to propel darts, or spears, farther and with more force than would be possible with just the arm. It has a handle on one end and a hook at the other. The hook is inserted into a hole at the butt end of the spear and when the hunter whips the atlatl forward, somewhat like an overhand serve in tennis, the force is concentrated at the point where the hook contacts the spear. Native Americans using the atlatl could hurl spears with such power that the spears could penetrate Spanish chain mail armor. The atlatl likely came to America with the earliest Paleo Indian cultures. It remained the main hunting weapon until it was replaced by the bow and arrow during the Late Woodland Period.

  Some cultures abandoned the atlatl entirely in favor of the new technology, but it continued in use in some regions until the arrival of Europeans. The word "atlatl" comes from the Aztec language (Nahuatl). Large axes were made from flint nodules by chipping a rough shape, a so-called "rough-out". Such products were traded across a wide area. The rough-outs were then polished to give the surface a fine finish to create the axe head. Polishing not only increased the final strength of the product but also meant that the head could penetrate wood more easily

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AXES

BANNERSTONES

Bowtie Bannerstone

1. FOR SALE: THIS BOWTIE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN GREEN COUNTY WISCONSIN AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 4 1/4 INCHES X 2 1/2 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$1600

Knobbed Cresent Bannerstone

2. FOR SALE: THIS KNOBBED CRESENT BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN MUSKINGUM COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 6 INCHES X 1 1/2 INCHES. IT COMES WITH JACKSON, PARTAIN AND J AND DEE COA'S

$1800

Bottle Bannerstone

3. FOR SALE: THIS BOTTLE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN JERSEY COUNTY ILLINOIS AND IS MADE FROM FERRUGINOUS QUARTZ. IT MEASURES 3 3/16 INCHES X 2 7/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE, SATTLER, OWENS AND ANDERSON COA'S

$2500

Bowtie Bannerstone

4. FOR SALE: THIS BOWTIE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN STARK COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM MOTTLED HARDSTONE. IT MEASURES 4 7/8 INCHES X 2 1/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE, ANDERSON AND SATTLER COA'S

$1000

Hook Bannerstone

5. FOR SALE: THIS HOOK TYPE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN MARTIN COUNTY INDIANA AND IS MADE FROM GRANITE. IT MEASURES 2 3/4 INCHES X 2 1/2 INCHES. IT COMES WITH ANDERSON, J AND DEE AND SATTLER COA'S

$2000

Ball Bannerstone

6. FOR SALE: THIS BALL BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN UNION COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 2 1/4 INCHES X 2 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$500

Bottle Bannerstone

7. FOR SALE: THIS BOTTLE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN BOONE COUNTY MO. AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 2 1/4 INCHES X 2 1/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH PERINO, J AND DEE AND SATTLER COA'S

$1400

Bottle Bannerstone

8. FOR SALE: THIS BOTTLE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN WOOD COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 2 7/8 INCHES X 2 1/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE, SATTLER, OWENS AND ANDERSON COA'S

$1300

Geniculate Bannerstone

9. FOR SALE: THIS GENICULATE BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN MERCER COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 3 7/8 INCHES X 1 7/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$700

Cresent Bannerstone

10. FOR SALE: THIS CRESENT BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN TODD COUNTY KENTUCKY AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 3 1/2 INCHES X 2 3/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH ANDERSON AND J AND DEE COA'S

$800

Winged Bannerstone

11. FOR SALE: THIS BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN SPENCER COUNTY INDIANA AND IS MADE FROM HARDSTONE. IT MEASURES 3 5/8 INCHES X 2 3/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$500

Bannerstone

12. FOR SALE: THIS BANNERSTONE WAS FOUND IN MADISON COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM HARDSTONE. IT MEASURES 3 1/4 INCHES X 2 5/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$1200

BIRDSTONES

Birdstone

1. FOR SALE: THIS BIRDSTONE WAS FOUND IN FRANKLIN COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 6 1/8 INCHES X 1 15/16 INCHES. IT COMES WITH JACKSON, J AND DEE AND PARTAIN COA'S

$1500

Birdstone

2. FOR SALE: THIS BIRDSTONE WAS FOUND IN ILLINOIS AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 2 15/16 INCHES X 1 5/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$1200

Birdstone

3. FOR SALE: THIS BIRDSTONE WAS FOUND IN PIKE COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 2 1/2 INCHES X 1 3/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA

$1200

Birdstone

4. FOR SALE: THIS BUST TYPE POPEYED BIRDSTONE IS FROM BARRY COUNTY MICHIGAN AND IS MADE FROM QUARTZITE. IT MEASURES 2 3/4 INCHES X 2 1/8 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE AND ANDERSON COA'S

$1400

Birdstone

5. FOR SALE: THIS BIRDSTONE WAS FOUND IN MUSKINGUM COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 4 3/8 INCHES X 2 1/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH JACKSON, J AND DEE, PUTTY AND PARTAIN COA'S

$1000

Birdstone

6. FOR SALE: THIS BIRDSTONE WAS FOUND IN PIKE COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM SLATE. IT MEASURES 4 1/2 INCHES X 2 1/16 INCHES. IT COMES WITH JACKSON, J AND DEE AND PARTAIN COA'S

$1400

Birdstone

7. FOR SALE: THIS POPEYED BIRDSTONE IS FROM PORTAGE COUNTY OHIO AND IS MADE FROM GRANITE. IT MEASURES 4 INCHES X 1 3/8 INCHES. THE PERINO PAPER WAS LOST BUT OWNER HAS A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE. IT COMES WITH COPY OF PERINO, J AND DEE AND ANDERSON COA'S

$1300

Birdstone

7. FOR SALE: THIS POPEYED BIRDSTONE IS FROM CLAY COUNTY INDIANA AND IS MADE FROM PORPHREY HARDSTONE. IT MEASURES 3 1/2 INCHES X 1 3/4 INCHES. IT COMES WITH J AND DEE COA.

$1800

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