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This is a rendering of a rabbit carved into a concretion of hematite (the mineral form of iron oxide, Fe_2 O_3 ) recovered from archeological site number 14CO385, a village near Arkansas City, Kansas occupied between 1400 CE and 1700 CE by the ancestors of the modern-day Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. It was found in the 1990s by Kansas Historical Society archeologists excavating a large, deep food storage pit that later was filled with village trash. The specimen is 20.97 mm long, 11.12 mm high, 6.42 mm thick, and weighs 1.6 grams. Apparently, the artist saw the image of a rabbit in the naturally formed concretion and improved on it with a few well-placed modifications. It is unique for this site, this time period, and this group of people. There is no clear evidence that would suggest how it was used by the person that possessed it.

Date: 1400-1700 CE.

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Item Number: 227486
Call Number: 14CO385, Feature 295, catalog number 14CO385-425-1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 227486

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