: This elongated ground stone pestle is cylindrical in shape with rounded ends. One end is darker and smoother than the other, which shows evidence of pecking (hammering). It is dark gray, grayish brown, brown, and pale brown in color. This piece is from the Archaic Period. The Archaic cultures in Ohio existed from about 6,000 B.C. to 1,000 B.C. Their economy was based primarily on hunting and gathering, but they did experiment with cultivating squash. Most Ohio sites are seasonal camps, created as the Indians moved due to the weather and the availability of food sources. Archaic peoples hunted smaller game than their Paleo-Indian predecessors, who pursued mastodons and giant beavers. The Archaic people hunted deer, elk, bear, rabbit, quail, and wild turkey. View on Ohio Memory.
: A4786_000053 Subjects
: Prehistoric peoples; Stone implements; Tools, Prehistoric; Places