Polished Stone Gorgets and Pendants

Title

Polished Stone Gorgets and Pendants

Description

These ground stone gorgets and pendants were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. They include steatite, schist, shale, and banded slate specimens. These types of stone produced impressive, shining colors when polished. The long stone on the right is a gorget blank that was discarded prior to grinding and drilling of suspension holes. The circular object at the bottom left may have either been a pendant or a toy. When spoun on two cords and then drawn taut, the stone produces a loud thrumming sound. (Photo enhanced)

Date Created

900 - 1600 C.E.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

1632 × 1234

Coverage

Halifax County