SDM CHERT BIRDS
Percussion chipped from the same chert
and flint used for common tools, the Bird
form presented here is recognized as the
They are neither miniature cores nor
practical tools although some appear to
have been used as scrapers.
Hundreds of intentionally chipped chert
'Birds', in the same abstract form of the
granite 'birds', have been found on the SDM
Site. Many hundreds or thousands more
remain buried in the field and forest.
This fascinating artifact form is now used
to identify other later 'platform burial' sites
around West Michigan.
AND since they are found here, they should
be found all across North America and
possibly back to the source, somewhere in
the Old World.