Over-the-Top Artifacts

I took my annual pilgrimage to the Smithsonian’s Natural History archives today in attempt to find some Adena artifacts from the Delmarva peninsula. Although none were found, curiosities abound. The 3/4 grooved axe (or probably more accurate – maul) is probably the largest one of I have seen. The archivist/curator, Dr. Krakker, pointed out the flattened top and bottom which could accommodate a wedge used to tighten the binding. The other object is an enormous pipe (actually a cast thereof) from Franklin County, VA. It’s safe to assume that when this thing was pulled out of the wigwam, it was time to partay!


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