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Bowl
Description: This small, ceramic bowl has a circular base. The walls expand to an angular shoulder and contract to a circular rim. The bowl is decorated just below the lip with two parallel, horizontal lines, between which are zigzag lines that make a series of triangles. Between the lower horizontal line and the angular shoulders are scalloped, incised designs extending all around the vessel. Running down from the lower edge of some of the scallops are several meandering lines that extend to the base. Portions of this vessel have been restored and are very pale brown, dark grayish brown, and very dark gray in color. 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: A0957_002140
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Pottery, Prehistoric
Places: Bowl