|Object ID #||1959.019.005|
|Title||Banner Stone Collected by Frederick Birch|
|Lexicon category||10: Unclassifiable Artifacts|
|Made||First Nations stoneworker|
|Place of Origin||Ontario|
This is a First Nations-made banner stone, from the Fred Birch Collection.
The thorough hole would have been hand-drilled. Its slate stone has a greyish colouration. It is likely very old, perhaps from the Laurentian or Middle Archaic culture? See RELATED for other items collected by Mr. Birch. Bannerstones are now thought to have had some use in regards to providing atlatl weights for spears.
Collected by Frederick Birch (b. 1840-d. 1923) who was an amateur archaeologist living in Wodehouse, Euphrasia Township, Grey County, at the time. He collected First Nations artifacts in Euphrasia and nearby townships. It is not known what year he collected this artifact.
It has been suggested that this item that he collected may be from the Laurentian Culture.
Some of Birch's finds were noted in the ANNUAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT (1903), that was published in 1904. Mr. Birch was at Wodehouse (Grey County) at that time.
|Collection||First Nations, Archaeological Collection|
|Dimensions||W-8.8 L-13.2 D-2.2 cm|
|Found||Grey County, Ontario|
First Nations of Central Canada
|Function||Likely was an atlatl weight for a spear?|