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Copper Ax
Description: This copper ax head tapers from the blade end to the handle end, which has been bent into a loop that nearly touches the body of the blade. The blade edge curves outward. The ax head is light reddish brown, dark reddish gray, very pale green, and light green in color. This piece comes from Hopewell Culture. In Ohio, the Hopewell Indians (100 B.C.-A.D. 500) built burial mounds and large earthen enclosures in geometric shapes (circles, squares, and octagons) to mark the places where the people gathered periodically to participate in many social and ceremonial events. Some of these sites were quite large - the Newark Earthworks complex extends over a 4-square-mile area. The Hopewell people also maintained a large trade network extending as far as the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, the Florida coast and Appalachians, and northern Lake Superior. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: A4346_023989_005
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Mound-builders; Indian copperwork; Copper implements, Prehistoric
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