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Description: This small fragment is from a dark gray pot that is decorated with horizontal, parallel impressions made by pressing a wooden stamp into the clay before firing. This piece is from the 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: A4786_000093
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Mound-builders; Woodland culture; Pottery, Prehistoric;
Places: Body Sherd