A Beginner’s Guide to Bannerstones and Their History

Bannerstones are mysterious artifacts from the Archaic period in North America, which date back to as far as 8,000 years ago. These artifacts have been found all over the continent, but their meaning and purpose remains a mystery. In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the history of bannerstones and their unique design elements.

Learn more about Bannerstones

Bannerstones are small, intricately carved stones that were used by Native Americans in the Archaic period. Their design varies across different regions and cultures, but typical designs include cup holes, faceted notches, drills, spokeshaves, grooves, concentric circles, and spirals. The purpose of these artifacts is unknown; some suggest they were used for ceremonial purposes or as toys. They are often made from banded slate or quartzite instead of stone tools that require additional shaping.


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