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Copper Plate
Description: This thin sheet of copper, roughly rectangular in shape, is folded and bent into a tight, irregularly-shaped mass. It is light reddish brown, dark reddish gray, very pale green, and light green in color. This piece is 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_011
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Indian copperwork; Mound-builders; Woodland culture
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