Polished Stone Gorgets and Pendants


Polished Stone Gorgets and Pendants


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.


Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA



Physical Dimension

1632 × 1234


Halifax County