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<p>&quot;Bannerstone&quot; is the name given to a variety of beautifully-crafted stone artifacts.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Others are too large and ornate to have worked on a functioning atlatl.&nbsp; Perhaps these were used on symbolic atlatls that served a social role equivalent to the giant keys-to-the-city sometimes presented to dignitaries by modern city officials.</p>
<p>Bannerstones appear to have been made and used only during the Archaic period.</p>
==See Also==
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*[[Ohio's Prehistoric Timeline]]
*[[Archaic Period]]
*[[Atlatl]]
*[[Ohio's Prehistoric Timelinehttp://66.195.173.140/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1026 First Ohioans: Development of the Atlatl]]*[[http://66.195.173.140/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=405 First Ohioans: Bannerstones]]*[[http://66.195.173.140/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1244 First Ohioans: Glacial Kame Birdstones]]
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==References==
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#Lepper, Bradley T. <em>Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio's Ancient American Indian Cultures.</em> Wilmington, Ohio, Orange Frazer Press, 2005.&nbsp;
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