Bannerstones of the North American Indian

Used with permission from Dr. Anna Blume

Attached below is a downloadable PDF of the entire text of Byron Knoblock’s 1939 Banner-stones of the North American Indian. This 595-page tome, now out of print and difficult to find, was the first rigorous, comprehensive study of bannerstones. In it, Knoblock includes hundreds of images of bannerstones in public and private collations. Also of great importance to the study of bannerstones is his careful morphology and hypotheses about where types originated and developed. It must be noted that many of Knoblock’s general comments and ideas about the makers of these stones are deeply problematic, and have been rightfully contested by subsequent scholars. Still, this text remains a crucial resource for the study of bannerstones.

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