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This pipe was recovered from the Sharps Creek site, a Great Bend aspect village site in McPherson County, and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. In Kansas, these pipes generally were made by American Indians between 1350 CE to 1850. The soft fine grained material of pipestone enabled the pipe's maker to carve it into its elbow-like shape. The manner in which this pipe broke enables us to see the parallel scars on the interior, which were made during its production. Additionally, the black residue visible is likely dottle (tobacco remnants). Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions.

Date: 1500 CE-1800 CE

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Item Number: 440027
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 440027

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