LAST IS­SUE’S OB­JECT: BIRD­STONE

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Bird­stones, so-called be­cause of their avian­like shape, are stone carv­ings that are one of the many mys­ter­ies of On­tario’s arche­o­log­i­cal her­itage. Bird­stones have been re­cov­ered from arche­o­log­i­cal sites across the province and date from the Late Ar­chaic pe­riod ( BC) through to the Early Wood­land pe­riod (‚ BC). The use of the bird­stone in early abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures re­mains a mys­tery. Some the­o­ries are that they could have been weights on at­latls (throw­ing sticks) or dec­o­ra­tive or­na­ments worn in women’s hair.

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