Browse Items tagged "dress" (104 total)

These bone fish hook blanks were recovered from a Late Woodland site in Henry County in the southern Piedmont. The craftsperson would first carve an interior oval-shaped hole in a flat bone, usually a phalanx or long bone, that would become the…

Bone artifacts are common finds at Late Woodland sites, if preservation conditions allow them to survive in the soil. These bone tools were found at a site in Greensville County in the southern Piedmont. The awls (left) were used to pierce holes in…

These bone artifacts were found at a Late Woodland site in Greensville County in the southern Piedmont. They include a beamer (far bottom) used for hideworking, awls (left) with sharp tips used for piercing, incising, or perforating, a needle (far…

These miscellaneous stone and clay artifacts were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. The object at the top left is a broken steatite gorget. At the top center is a clay disc, perhaps a gaming piece, with…

These interesting artifacts from a Late Woodland site in Roanoke County, west-central Virginia, may have been paint stones for body decoration or other purposes. Included are yellow ochre (limonite) and red ochre (hematite), both of which were…

These artifacts were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. They include (left to right, top to bottom): a triangular, single-hole, slate pendant; a clay trumpet pipe; a clay handle; a miniature clay pot, probably…

These artifacts were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. They include (left to right, top to bottom): a clay elbow pipe; a shallow clay bowl (perhaps a child’s toy); a chlorite pipe bowl fragment with…

Chemical analysis has confirmed that the ore used to make this rolled copper pendant was pure Native ore sourced from Virginia. Virginia Indians produced and traded copper items centuries before Europeans introduced their variety of copper to the…

These cylindrical shell beads were found at a Late Woodland site in Roanoke County in the Blue Ridge region of west-central Virginia. They were made from purple-and-white Quahog clam shells like the one below them. Shell beads with this purple…

These shell beads were found at a Late Woodland site in Roanoke County in the Blue Ridge region of west-central Virginia. They are made from the Marginella genus of marine mollusks. Piedmont, Blue Ridge, and Shenandoah Valley groups obtained beads…