Glacial Kame Culture, Late Archaic Period, 3000-500 B.C. Monroe County, Michigan length 5.75 in.
Made from an attractive green-banded slate, this large and graceful birdstone has a very beautiful form. The bands generally flow with the contours of the head, body and tail. There is a definite angled junction where the underside of the head joins with the neck. Red ocher deposits are still intact in the perforations and in the grinding marks visible on the underside of the neck and beak.
This piece was found in the 1970s or 80s in Monroe County, Michigan. Two copper gorgets were discovered in close proximity. The site of the discovery, now known, as the Rieger No.1, after its discoverer, was later studied and reported on by David M. Stothers and Timothy J. Abel in Archaeology of Eastern North America in 1993.
This birdstone was purchased from Mr. Rieger by Steve Fuller and Jim Ritchie ca. 2010. This was probably one of the last birdstones added to the Sorgenfrei collection before his passing in 2012.
Publications: Archaeology of Eastern North America, Volume 21, 1993, pg. 78
Collection History: Mr. Rieiger, Monroe, Michigan Steve Fuller, Wooster, Ohio Jim Ritchie, Toledo, Ohio Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio
Provenance: From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio
The condition is perfect with no significant chips or flaws.