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Nebo Hill projectile points are long lanceolate styled tools with straight to concave bases. They are often elliptical in cross section with the widest portion of the blade being at about the middle of the tool. The tool style was named by J. Mett Shippee, a noted archaeologist from the Kansas City area, who recorded the type site of the Late Archaic culture in Clay County, Missouri. The tool pictured here was recovered from this site by KU excavations in 1976.
This Early Period polychrome bowl is from the Gran Nicoya region of Costa Rica and dates to 500-800 AD. The painted designs show images of serpents, circles, dots and other geometric shapes. This type has strong stylistic affinities (symbolism) with a Maya pottery group from Honduras (Ulua polychrome). This partially restored vessel was donated to the University of Kansas in 1981 by Constance and Pierre Stouse.
The classic Snyder styled projectile point, and variations of this style, are associated with the Middle Woodland period, and are commonly recovered from Hopewell sites. Snyder points are medium to large corner notched points with a triangular or ovate appearance and deep notches in the corners near a convex base. This artifact was recovered from the Trowbridge site (14WY1), a Kansas City Hopewell occupation located in Wyandotte County, Missouri.
Scraping tools were made to process hides or plant material. This scraper is made from a large flake of local chert and exhibits a steep convex working edge at the distal end of the flake. Scrapers of this size are typically associated with the Middle Woodland period. This tool was recovered from the Trowbridge site (14WY1), a Kansas City Hopewell occupation located in Wyandotte County, Missouri.
This black stone platform pipe was recovered from the Trowbridge site (14WY1), a Kansas City Hopewell occupation located in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The artifact was recovered from a KU sponsored field school at the site in the early 1960s. Recent AMS dates from this site identify an occupation from 100 BC to AD 400. This pipe is a good example of the common plain style of Hopewell pipes, with a round bowl on a drilled stem platform. A portion of the pipe bowl has been reconstructed.
This ceramic female figurine is associated with the Chiriqui phase of the Diquis sub-region of Costa Rica and dates to ca. 1000 – 1550 AD. The figurine is painted with cream, black, and red paint and exhibits motifs of line and dots. Several holes in the base of the figurine have been suggested to allow the artifact to function as a musical instrument. This artifact was donated to the University of Kansas in 1992 from the estate of Dr. Karl Menninger.
This small reconstructed vessel is from 14CY17, a Smoky Hill phase occupation located in Clay County, Kansas. This phase dates to ca. AD 1200-1350. Excavated by Floyd Schultz in the late 1920s, the vessel exhibits an effigy of an animal head on one end and tail on the opposite end. The vessel rim shows a series of tool impressions while the body shows several smoothed over marks, possibly made during manufacture. Floyd Schultz donated his extensive collection to the University of Kansas in 1947.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, R.B. Aker of Parkvile, Missouri recorded many prehistoric sites within a 20-mile distance of the Missouri River in Platte County, Missouri. This three-quarter grooved axe was collected from site 23PL47 and was part of a large donation to the University of Kansas by Mr. Aker in 1988. Made from a hard igneous or metamorphic rock, this style of artifact first appears in the Archaic and persists to later times. The groove is made for mounting the tool on a wooden or bone handle.