Soapstone Bowl

Title

Soapstone Bowl

Description

Archaeologists know that steatite, or soapstone, was an important material for people living in the Late Archaic period. This soapstone vessel from Mecklenburg County in south-central Virginia is a typical example of those that were produced and traded widely across many regions. Trace element testing has shown 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

1536 × 1047

Coverage

Mecklenberg County