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This pipestone pipe bowl was excavated 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 soft, fine-grained material of the pipestone enabled the carver to shape and smooth the pipe. The pipe bowl is unusually long for an elbow pipe. The scoring below the rim may have been for decoration or an attempt to shorten the bowl. It was never smoked and was likely broken during manufacture. Pipes like this one were used during trade negotiations and to mark special occasions.

Date: 1500 CE-1800

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Item Number: 447551
Call Number: 14MN328-1725
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 447551

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