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Description: This fishhook, made from the bone of an unknown animal, appears to be unfinished. It was cut from a rectangular blank, sharpened to a point on one side, and probably broken off on the other side. There are a few incised lines at the broken end. The bone is several shades of very pale brown. This piece comes from the Late Woodland Period. Current research suggests that Early and Middle Woodland people moved from site to site as the seasons changed. Later on, the time spent in one place may have lengthened so the people could tend to their crops. By about A.D. 600, Late Woodland peoples lived in permanent villages. However, they may have traveled to remote camps to collect nuts in the fall or fish in the spring. The Late Woodland groups supported themselves to a great extent by raising crops. At first they grew large amounts of maygrass, goosefoot, and knotweed. By A.D. 1000, corn became important too. The Late Woodland people also hunted game using spears tipped with Chesser Notched or Jacks Reef points; they also developed the bow and arrow. It seems that Late Woodland groups lived in many parts of Ohio well past A.D. 1000. How these people interacted with each other and their environment is the subject of much current archaeological research. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: A0001_000019_002
Subjects: Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Fishing, Prehistoric; Bone implements, Prehistoric
Places: Fishhook