The Testimony of Hands


Map, Deeds Collection Items

38.25.58, Pop-eyed bird stone of slate
Archaic period, pre-1000 B.C.
Deeds Collection (donated by Frank C. Hibben)
Photograph by B. Bernard

"Bird stones" are found in much of the eastern woodlands region of the U.S., but their function is unknown. They may have been attached to atlatls as highly ornamental weights—as were (we think) other carefully shaped stones from the same region and the same general time.

In the first photograph it's difficult to see why this particular stone is an example of pop-eyed bird stones, but the next two photographs, taken from a different angle, show the "pop eyes" clearly.

Photograph by D. Phillips

Photograph by B. Bernard

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