American Indian Bannerstones

The bannerstone's purpose has intrigued archaeologists and collectors for years. Originally, bannerstones were thought to be atlatl weights (and that may be true for the earliest forms); however, Lutz in his The Archaic Bannerstone, provides insight to their evolving purpose as clan symbols. I hope you will enjoy this sampling of my bannerstone collection.

Granite American Indian Bannerstone - Benton Rectangular


American Indian Bannerstones

The bannerstone's purpose has intrigued archaeologists and collectors for years. Originally, bannerstones were thought to be atlatl weights (and that may be true for the earliest forms); however, Lutz in his The Archaic Bannerstone, provides insight to their evolving purpose as clan symbols. When at the time of manufacturer, from 6000 to 1000 BC per Lutz, the skill of the American Indian to sculpt a bannerstone arguably represented stone (sometimes metal) working craftsmanship without equal in the world.

The images on this website represent a portion of my bannerstone collection. I share them as works of art.

Edge View
Benton Rectangular

Edge View Benton Rectangular American Indian Banner Stone
For each bannerstone I provide several, brief descriptive attributes including provenance - specifically inclusion in Lutz's or Knoblock's books. For some of the banners I have other authentication information. I have been told that Lutz juried candidate bannerstones before incorporation into his book. Where I have COAs (Certificates of Authenticity) for a bannerstone, I have provided that information.

While selling the bannerstones is not my intent, I will consider offers. In addition, I will consider trading bannerstones that have northward origins for local stones.

Stephen R. Cook
Tupelo, Mississippi