Late Archaic Period, 4000-1000 B.C. Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana height 2-5/8 in. x length 4-5/8 in.
This famous and outstanding Butterfly Bannerstone is a personal find by Art Gerber. It was found on the surface near the waterline of the Ohio River just below Crib Mound on February 18, 1969. It is made from a beautiful black siliceous stone and was immediately nicknamed "Black Beauty" by Art. He often related the story of how he dropped to his knees and cried like a baby when he discovered his find of a lifetime. An unusual feature found on this bannerstone are the cut grooves running parallel to the barrel on one side and a single cut groove on the opposite side. The barrel walls are thin enough to exhibit a degree of translucency (thinnest point 2.66 mm) and the wings are exceptionally thin (4.45 mm - 5.9 mm).
Provenance: Collection History:
Found by Art Gerber on February 18, 1969.
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 30, f. 3.10; pg. 70, f. 7.010
Onken, Bobby, Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. I, 2000, pg. 117
Onken, Bobby, Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. II, 2012, pg. 320
The Redskin, Vol. VI, No. 4, 1969, pg. 133
Prehistoric Artifacts, Vol. XIV, No. 4, 1990, pg. 19 & 21
Prehistoric American, Vol. XLVI, No. 4, 2012, Front Cover and pg. 18
Prehistoric American, Vol. LI, No. 2, 2017, pg. 10
Central States Archaeological Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1970, pg. 88
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