This uniface bottle type bannerstone is made of slightly reddish
ferruginous quartz. It was a surface find in June 2005 on Pond Creek in Franklin
County, Illinois by Mark Crawford. This beautiful bottle bannerstone measures
3 inches in length, 2 1/8 inches in width maximum and the bottlenecks are
1 1/8 inches in diameter. The perforation has parallel circumferential grooves.
The find was in a soybean field with widely spaced rows and lots of bare
earth between the rows and the beans were not very tall as to provide a hindrance.
It seemed that I would be done looking for the season as this site was only
a disappointment until I virtually stepped over this artifact. At first I
did not recognize what it was even fully exposed with a plug of mud in the
hole. Then I picked it up and realized what I had found, this beautiful bannerstone
with rust coloring. My disappointment was surely over for that year!