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Body Sherd
Description: These nine fragments from the body of a round, ceramic vessel have been glued together. There are small pieces missing where the fragments meet. The grit-tempered, plain vessel is dark gray, light gray, pinkish white, reddish brown, and black in color. The exterior surface is darker than the interior surface. These sherds come from the 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: A1039_000051
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Pottery, Prehistoric
Places: Body Sherd