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44SC0013_12_incised_soapstone_sherd.jpg
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…

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44CF0345_black_slate_2-hole_gorget.jpg
Slate is a sedimentary rock that forms when extra-fine particles of clay are compressed, forming beautiful linear bands. It was used by Virginia Indians for ornamental pieces like this black slate gorget, found at an Early Woodland site in Colonial…

44CF0345_purple_slate_gorget.tif
Slate is a sedimentary rock that forms when extra-fine particles of clay are compressed, forming beautiful linear bands. It was used by Virginia Indians for ornamental pieces like this purple slate gorget, found at an Early Woodland site in Colonial…

44CF0345_green_slate_gorget.jpg
Slate is a sedimentary rock that forms when extra-fine particles of clay are compressed, forming beautiful linear bands. It was used by Virginia Indians for ornamental pieces like this green slate gorget, found at an Early Woodland site in Colonial…

44SN0022_F.621_slate_pendant.jpg
Slate is a sedimentary rock that forms when extra-fine particles of clay are compressed, forming beautiful linear bands. It was used by Virginia Indians for ornamental pieces like this slate pendant from an Early to Middle Woodland site in…

44CF0345_green_slate_birdstone_side_view.tif
Slate is a sedimentary rock that forms when extra-fine particles of clay are compressed, forming beautiful linear bands. It was used by Virginia Indians for ornamental pieces like this green slate birdstone, found at an Early Woodland site in…

PCA_Grooved_Axes.JPG
These grooved axes are examples of ground stone technology, which first appeared during the Late Archaic period. This method of tool production involved pecking and grinding the stone down to shape instead of chipping the stone away. Ground stone…

44GV0001_stone_pendant.jpg
This two-hole polished stone pendant or gorget was found at a Middle to Late Woodland site in Greensville County in the southern Piedmont. It was ornamental or protective in function, and would have been worn around the neck or throat. (Photo…

44HA0065_T.W.Pool,Jr._collection_celts_pendants_general.jpg
These ground stone celts, chisel, gorget, and pendants were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. The gorgets and pendants have holes for suspension and are made from chlorite and slate. The two pendants at the…

44HA0065_John_Wells_gorgets_pendants_surface&_excavation.jpg
These ground stone gorgets and pendants were found at a Late Woodland site in Halifax County in the southern Piedmont. They include steatite, schist, shale, and banded slate specimens. These types of stone produced impressive, shining colors when…
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