Butterfly bannerstone - ROM2005_5775_1


Butterfly bannerstone

Geography: Ontario, Canada
Date: 3500-2500 BC
Period: Middle Archaic (6000-2500 BC)
8.5 × 14 × 1.9 cm
Object number: NS26895
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionArchaeologists refer to these objects as "butterfly bannerstones." They were made approximately 8,000-4,500 years before present by Indigenous people of current-day Ontario. It is possible that bannerstones were used as counter weights for spear throwers or atl-atls.
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