Browse Items tagged "games" (10 total)

These artifacts were found at an Early Historic village site in Montgomery County, southwestern Virginia. They include a stone celt and polished stone gaming discs, used as talliers or “counters” in a variety of games. Celts were polished…

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 were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. They are miniature clay vessels that likely represent child’s toys. The pots show fabric, net, and fingerprint impressions. Artifacts like…

This small four-hole bone whistle or flute was broken in use, which is probably why it ended up in a village trash pit. It is made from a long bone hollowed out in the middle, and was found at a Late Woodland site in Henry County in the southern…

These ground stone discoidals were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. The top two (one of them unfinished and discarded) were likely used in games like chunkey. The smaller piece at the bottom left may have…

These ground stone discoidals were found at a Late Woodland site in Roanoke County, in the Blue Ridge region of west-central Virginia. They likely functioned as gaming pieces. Such artifacts give unique insights into daily life in Woodland…

These ground stone discoidals, some of which have holes through their centers, were found at a Late Woodland site in Henry County in the southern Piedmont. They may have been used to play chunkey, a traditional game involving stone throwing. One…

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 are stone and clay potsherd discs that possibly served as “tallies” or counters in keeping score in a game. Such artifacts give unique insights…

These artifacts were found at a Late Woodland site in Scott County in southwestern Virginia. They are stone and clay potsherd discs that possibly served as “tallies” or counters in keeping score in a game. Such artifacts give unique insights…