Monday, March 16, 2015

Archaeology: Theory Looks at How Ancient Goods Got to Ohio

The Hopewell Interaction Sphere.  Image Courtesy of Voyageur Media Group  and the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog.
The Hopewell Interaction Sphere.
Image Courtesy of Voyageur Media Group
and the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog.
February, 15, 2015.
Brad Lepper, of the Ohio History Connection Archaeology Blog, has written a blog post and an article in The Columbus Dispatch about new details in how Ohio's Hopewell Culture, 100 B.C - A.D. 400, received their exotic material artifacts.

"We call it an Interaction Sphere, because we don’t know for sure what’s behind all the interaction and we don’t want to presume the answer to our question by calling it, for example, a trade network – although trade most certainly was at least one part of what was going on. Interaction Sphere is a convenient and descriptive yet neutral term to apply to the widespread movement of ideas and materials that is so characteristic of the Middle Woodland period in Ohio and other regions in eastern North America."

To read the full postclick here.

"Those exotic materials include Canadian copper, Gulf Coast sea shells, Wyoming obsidian and North Carolina mica. Figuring out how and why this eye-catching stuff made its way to Ohio is among the most fascinating questions in American archaeology."



To read the full articleclick here.

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