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Hunting previously brought only disappointment

by Mark Crawford

Central States Archaeological Societies 2007 April Journal

West Frankfort, Illinois

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!


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