Turtle Shell Cup with Bone Tools

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Title

Turtle Shell Cup with Bone Tools

Subject

Artifacts

Description

Bone and shell artifacts do not often survive at Early Woodland sites due to long exposure in the highly acidic soil. However, it is likely that Early woodland people used bone and shell artifacts like these ones, found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. Turtle shells were frequently used by Virginia Indians as cups or bowls. This turtle carapace is broken, but shows smoothing and polishing along the edges. Other objects included are bone and antler awls, flaking tools, projectile points, and needles. The artifact with two points is a bone harpoon or gig points, probably made from the humerus of a heron or egret. This rare artifact has decorative notches along the sides of each point and may have served as part of a necklace in the bola style.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

1200 B.C.E. - 1600 C.E.

Format

.JPG, 1455 × 1063

Type

Image

Coverage

Halifax County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

1455 × 1063

Files

44HA0065_William_Allgood_turtle_carapace_bone_tools_general.jpg

Citation

“Turtle Shell Cup with Bone Tools,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed October 27, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/368.

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