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Copper Plate
Description: This copper plate is rectangular in shape with rounded corners. The long sides are straight and the shorter sides curve slightly inward. One of the long sides is slightly longer than the other. A large piece of woven textile is adhered to the upper surface. There also appears to be a piece of bark adhered adjacent to the textile. The item has one small perforation adjacent to the fabric, toward the center. The copper is moderate yellow green, dusky yellow green, moderate green, grayish yellow green, grayish olive green, and dark reddish brown in color. The textile is very dark gray and light gray. 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: A3062_000201
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Indian copperwork
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