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Knife
Description: This slightly modified, obsidian flake is black in color and the outline has been created with minimal retouching. One edge has been chipped into a concave crescent shape, while the other edge is excurvate. The base is a short stem with an excurvate basal margin. 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: A0283_000068
Subjects: Hopewell culture; Woodland culture; Mound-builders; Knives, Prehistoric
Places: Knife