Incised Soapstone Sherd

Title

Incised Soapstone Sherd

Description

Archaeologists know that steatite, or soapstone, was an important material for people living in the Late Archaic period. This fragment of a steatite vessel from Scott County in southwestern Virginia shows a rare example of an incised design. Trace element testing has proven that the central Piedmont region was the source of many soapstone bowls that were found hundreds of miles to the East on the Coastal Plain, where such stone is not available naturally. Archaeologists suspect that soapstone vessels were the precursors to ceramic technology.

Date Created

3000 - 1200 B.C.E.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Format

Photograph

Physical Dimension

809 × 542

Coverage

Scott County