People of the Waters - Archaic
OPM #:
1-12
Object Name:
Pike
Description:
Wittry Group IV-E2; copper pike.
Comments:
It was cold and the winter wind was strong, but the man needed food and he knew there were fish here. He needed to chop a large hole so he could spear, and set to work. Using rawhide, he had lashed a heavy copper pike to the end of a solid pole and began to chop at the thick ice.

Some archaeologists think copper pikes were not tools at all. Rather, they were ceremonial or symbols of a person's high status.

This pike was found in a farmer's field near Ripon in 1888.
Found:
Fond du Lac County, WI/Winnebago County, WI
Collector:
Pickett, James G.
Material:
Metal
Culture/Period:
Archaic, Middle
Old Copper Complex
Dimensions:
L-41.7 Dia-2.29 cm
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