Update on Prehistoric Pot

Back in November, we told you about a group of pottery sherds from a Native American site on Lower Mason Island in the Potomac River. Although the sherds had been bagged separately as if each belonged to a different vessel, MAC Lab curators discovered that many of the pieces fit together into three unusually large pots. One of the vessels has been reassembled as much as possible and, yup, it’s huge! The pot is decorated with cord wrapped stick impressions and is from the Late Woodland period (900 A.D. – 1600 A.D.). Man made holes that would have been used for hanging, or possibly mending, the pot are visible. This container may have stored food such as paw-paw, huckleberries, and blueberries; fruits naturally occurring on Lower Mason Island. Along with other prehistoric artifacts found on the same site including gaming stones, bone fishhooks, celts, shell and bone beads, and tobacco pipes made from local clay, this vessel gives us a glimpse into the daily lives of people who have come and gone.

Putting the puzzle together.

Reassembling history.

The completed vessel.

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