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Beaded Blanket
Description: This blanket was woven of unidentified fine brown fiber in a repeating pattern. The weft double row crosses the warp threads every 13.6 mm down the length of the blanket. Round and tubular shell beads of varying light colors form a diagonal diamond pattern across the top of the blanket. The pattern is arranged with the round beads in the center portion and the tubular beads at both end portions. The largest beads form the corners of the diamond pattern in the center. The fiber part of the blanket has been reproduced from a small portion of the original prehistoric blanket that was preserved on a copper plate. Most of the beads are original to the prehistoric blanket (with the exception of the large round beads in the middle portion) and are placed in their original locations on the blanket. The original piece can be found within the Ohio Historical Society's collections (A 3062/000201). 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: A3062_000171
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Textile fabrics, Prehistoric
Places: Beaded Blanket