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Description: Bust-type birdstone is made of mottled very dark gray and pinkish white porphyry. It has an oval base with a concave bottom. The base flares upwards into the arched neck of a bird head effigy. Head tapers to a wedge-shaped beak. Two cylindrical projections extend from the head approximately 10 mm, in a location suggesting eyes. Although the function of birdstones is unknown, they might have served as highly-decorative spearthrower weights. Item was possibly found in Pickaway County, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL07278
Subjects: Ohio History--Natural and Native Ohio; Birdstones; Archaeology
Places: Pickaway County (Ohio)