People of the Waters - Archaic
OPM #:
800-1-T18
Object Name:
Knife
Description:
Wittry Group II-B; copper knife.
Comments:
The sharp copper blade slid easily through the deer haunch. He ran it up and through the meat and around the bone. All the meat came off in one large piece. When it grew dull, he quickly sharpened the edge with a stone. The hunter was proud of this knife and polished the blade with dirt until it was shiny before he slid it back into its sheath.

Native people eventually stopped using copper for utilitarian items like knives, returning to stone tools. However, they continued to use copper for ornamentation. This may have been because it required too much work to make a copper tool compared to making it from stone.
Collector:
Mitchell, Stephen D.
Material:
Metal
Culture/Period:
Archaic, Middle
Old Copper Complex
Dimensions:
H-0.65 W-2.94 L-20.8 cm
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