: This hoe was made by splitting a piece of antler, perhaps from an elk, and polishing one end. The lower polished end is irregularly concave, probably from use as a digging implement. Some of the polish may be use wear. The antler is several shades of pale brown and comes from Fort Ancient Culture. The Fort Ancient people were a late prehistoric culture living in southern Ohio between 1,100 and 450 years ago. Fort Ancient people were Ohio's original farmers, growing crops of corn, beans, and squash, and thrived in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. Villages were made up of a number of circular or rectangular houses surrounding an open plaza. The Fort Ancient people continued to build small burial mounds, but gradually shifted to burials in a cemetery area with no mounds. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Fort Ancient culture; Hoes, Prehistoric; Agriculture, Prehistoric; Places