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Banner Stones - Polished and often decorative stones lashed on throwing sticks used in hurling spears.  These stones gave the sticks, or atlatls, proper balance.  Throwing sticks with their stone weights went out of use in North America around 500 A.D when the bow and arrow came into use.  Banner stones, sometimes termed butterfly stones, were about five inches in length and weighed from one half to three quarters of a pound.

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