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This pipestone pipe was excavated in five pieces in 1986 during a highway salvage project at the Mem site. The project was undertaken by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers. The Mem site, in Marion County, is a Great Bend aspect, protohistoric Wichita village site. The pipe was broken during manufacture as the bores of the stem and bowl were not completed. The soft fine grained material of pipestone enabled the pipe's maker to carve it into its elbow-like shape. Pipes were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions. In Kansas, these pipes are generally made by American Indians between 1650 to 1850.

Date: 1500 CE-1800

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Item Number: 447533
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 447533

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