Lambda Alpha Journal of Man 5, no.1, 1973

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The Lambda Alpha Journal of Man is published semi-annually by the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society at Wichita State University

Student editor: Joann Brown Bennett

Student editorial staff: Kathleen M. Garrett and Gary W. Howard

Faculty editorial advisor: Lowell D. Holmes


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    Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.5, no.1 (complete version)
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1973) Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology
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    The archaic banner-stone: a social category marker
    (Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society at Wichita State University, 1973) Precourt, Prudence
    Over the past decades a great variety of' explanations has been offered to describe the function of' the banner-stone, one of' the articles traditionally included in the class or "problematic” stone artifacts from the Archaic period or the Eastern Woodlands area of North America. Rather than consider a single function explanation, this paper will consider both the utilitarian and non-utilitarian aspects of this artifact. Evidence indicates that in its utilitarian aspect, the banner-stone was employed as an atlatl weight. As a non-utilitarian object, I propose that the banner-stone functioned as the marker or symbol of a category of ranked status positions.