LAST ISSUE’S OBJECT: BIRDSTONE
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.