People of the Waters - Woodland
OPM #:
1-3
Object Name:
Pendant
Description:
Copper pendant; Late Archaic to Middle Woodland, Hopewell.
Comments:
The small group of travelers arrived in the village hoping to trade. They had brought excellent stone for tools from the west. From far to the south came several large shells, beautiful with iridescent color. They were led to a man and woman seated on an elk hide. The woman was strikingly beautiful. She wore a polished copper pendant around her neck and copper ornaments were sewn to her hide dress. The copper had been polished with wood ashes until it shone like the sun. Everyone knew this woman was an important person.

Every culture has status items that people wear. Today, that can be clothing, jewelry, or an expensive watch. Prehistoric people were no different. Copper may have been a status item, immediately signifying to all that this was a person of note.
Found:
Winnebago County, WI/Rush Lake, WI
Collector:
Pickett, James G.
Material:
Metal
Culture/Period:
Woodland, Middle
Dimensions:
W-3.175 L-8 D-0.3 cm
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