Blending of Material Cultures
One of the unique aspects of this time period is the blending of material cultures that are found at village sites. Artifacts like ceramics, pipes, bone and stone tools, and bone and stone ornaments that had been in style for hundreds of years are found in the same contexts as metal trinkets, tools, hinges, weaponry, nails, belt buckles, buttons, kaolin pipes, and glazed ceramics. Virginia Indians not only used the finished products that were traded to them in their day to day lives, but also modified European sheet metal to create traditional objects in the forms they desired. An example of this is the sheet copper ornament in the photo to the left that has been cut into the shape of a claw.