The idea is to post an unusually unique artifact that fits the “problematic” category of artifact typology. For each WHAT IS IT topic we encourage the readers of TWIPA to comment on the object along with comparable information (i.e. photographs, drawings etc.) that will contribute to the identification of the featured object.
This week’s submission is the artifact category “ceremonial pick”. Although this artifact type is rarely encountered in collections, we have seen examples from private and institutional (museum) collections. In fact, there is a similar example of one in the “Problematic” case on exhibit in the Hall of Anthropology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. However, this particular specimen displays a bit edge fashioned on one end.
All of the specimens that we have seen are complete, quite symmetrical and made from an olive brown to dark brown fine grained stone. Dimensions range from 8.25 inches to 9.5 inches in length with a maximum cross-sectional diameter of .75 inch to 1.00 inch. Weights range from 5.1 to 6.4 oz.
In next week’s blog we will unveil the mystery of the “ceremonial pick” and provide additional information on this unique artifact type.