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All of these pebble pendants were surface collected on sites in
Illinois. Seven of them were found by two individuals who spent
several decades of walking in cultivated fields, in Madison and St.
Clair Counties in southern Illinois. They don't appear to be very
common. Only one example was found after several seasons of
excavations on the Olive Branch site and only one example was found
on the Riverton site located in southern Illinois. Also, only one
example was found on the Eva site in Benton County, Tennessee.
These pendants were made by drilling a hole, from both sides,
near the edge of an unmodified flat pebble. The holes are biconical
in profile. Only the triangular pendant at top right appears to have
been ground into shape. Most of these pendants were made of either
granite or slate. The example at lower left is made of clay stone.
The two largest examples measure 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) long and 1
1/8 inches (2.8 cm) wide. The smallest triangular pendant measures
13/16 inch (2.1 cm) long, 7/8 inch (2.2 cm) wide and 4 mm thick. The
thinnest example measures 3 mm thick and the thickest measures 9 mm