20 April 2012
Hopewell tradition mica cutout remnants found eroding from path along Kenawah River, West Virginia
Hopewell mica cutout remnants found at Ansted, West Virginia
(click photos to expand)
This Hopewell tradition mica was found by Lyn Niday eroding from a path along the Kenawah River at Ansted. Lyn collected what was exposed at the surface and noted the mica appeared to have been cut. Because of the delicate nature of mica in thinner sheets, it is amazing the "lobe" represented by the three sections at right remained in tact. Maybe this mica is a small part of what was a larger piece of art work. The mica is thought to originate in the Carolinas and to have been moved into the Hopewell sphere via a system of trade and exchange.
Hopewell tradition mica cutout artifacts include bird claw and bear tooth icons. The Hopewell are dated from 200 BCE to 500 CE.
This mica was found in the area of the Armstrong expression of the Hopewell interaction sphere. There is an excellent museum at Hopewell Culture National Park at Chillicothe, Ohio