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Bone Pendant from the Markley Site, 14OT308

Bone Pendant from the Markley Site, 14OT308
Date: 1000-1500 CE
This bone pendant was recovered from House 1 at the Markley site, a Smoky Hill Phase occupation site containing two or more houses. The small bone has a drilled hole and one end and is tapered to a point at the other end.


Catlinite Pendant from Jefferson County

Catlinite Pendant from Jefferson County
Date: Unknown
This carved pipestone or Catlinite pendant was found in Jefferson County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1979. The soft fine grain material enabled the pendant's carver to shape and smooth the piece, score the lines on each end, and drill a hole for suspending the pendent.


Hematite Artifacts from 14MY312

Hematite Artifacts from 14MY312
Date: 1-1000 CE
These two worked hematite artifacts were collected from an Early Ceramic period camp site in Montgomery County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1975. The function of these artifacts is unknown, though one, with a partially drilled hole, may have been a pendant or ornament. Hematite is a relatively soft and fine-grained mineral form of iron oxide. It is easily carved and polished.


Modified Bone from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408

Modified Bone from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These five modified bones were shaped, polished and had holes drilled into their ends, possibly for use as an ornament or pendant. They were recovered at the 1992 and 1993 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Sharps Creek site, a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village in McPherson County.


Ornamental Pipestone Artifacts from the Mem Site, 14MN328

Ornamental Pipestone Artifacts from the Mem Site, 14MN328
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These two pipestone pendant or ornament fragments were excavated in 1986 during a highway salvage project at the Mem site. The triangular pendant, recovered from a cache pit, has asymmetrical holes drilled, likely for attachment purposes. The other piece has a series of shallow grooves on one end and was recovered from one of the excavation units at the site. The soft fine grain of the pipestone material enabled the artifact's maker to shape and smooth the pieces. The Mem site, in Marion County, is a Great Bend aspect, ancestral Wichita village site. The project was undertaken by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers.


Ornament from 14EL313

Ornament from 14EL313
Date: 1000-1100 CE
While sorting artifacts recovered from excavations at 14EL313 in Ellis county, a volunteer in the Archeology Lab discovered this uniquely decorated stone. Perhaps once a ornament, the artifact now shows seven incised horizontal lines on one side and vertical straitions on the reverse. 14EL313 was excavated at the 2015 Kansas Archeology Training Program. It is part of the Keith Phase occupation in western Kansas which dates between 500 and 1100 CE.


Pendant and Bead from the Kohr Site, 14SA414

Pendant and Bead from the Kohr Site, 14SA414
Date: 780860 CE
This pendant fragment and bead, both made of shell, were collected in the 1930s from Kohr House No. 1 at a large village site in Saline County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1971. The Kohr site was occupied by Smoky Hill aspect people and had several rectangular houses. Radiocarbon dates on maize indicate it was occupied during the Early Ceramic period.


Pendant Fragment from the Killdeer Site, 14CO501

Pendant Fragment from the Killdeer Site, 14CO501
Date: 1500-1725 CE
This light green stone fragment, possibly turquoise, may have once been part of a pendant. It was recovered from the Killdeer site in Cowley County, a Lower Walnut focus Great Bend aspect site in Cowley County with numerous pits, basins and post molds. The Killdeer site was excavated during the Kansas Archeology Training Program field school in 1994 and later with Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew members. The people that inhabited Great Bend aspect sites are ancestral to the Wichita and affiliated tribes.


Pendant from the Oliphant Site, 14LT316

Pendant from the Oliphant Site, 14LT316
Date: 700-1500 CE
This pendant was recovered from the Oliphant site in Labette County during excavations in 1980 by Kansas Historical Society Archeologists. The pendant was recovered from a midden (refuse heap) at the site and is made of slate. It shows some polishing and shaping along the edges. The Oliphant site was a Cuesta phase Pomona variant habitation site occupied during the Early and Middle Ceramic periods.


Pendants from Fool Chief's Village, 14SH305

Pendants from Fool Chief's Village, 14SH305
Date: 1830-1844
Both of these pendant fragments were recovered from the Fool Chief village site, a Kansa village in Shawnee County. Both were excavated during the 2012-2013 archeology work from the central village midden (refuse heap) area. Both examples are made of some type of white metal, meaning they contain no iron or gold. The smaller pendant fragment has two parallel hand punched curving dashed lines. The larger fragment may have been manufactured for trade and may depict a floral pattern.


Pipestone Pendant

Pipestone Pendant
Date: 1350-1850 CE
This pipestone or Catlinite pendant was found in Jefferson County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1999. The soft fine grain material enabled the pendant's carver to shape and smooth the piece, drill two holes for suspending the pendent, and to incise the fine lines that partially depict an image.


Pipestone Pendant Fragment from the Tobias Site, 14RC8

Pipestone Pendant Fragment from the Tobias Site, 14RC8
Date: 1400-1700 CE
This pipestone pendant or ornament fragment was excavated during the 2019 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Tobias site in Rice County. The soft, fine-grained composition of the pipestone enabled the carver to shape, smooth, and drill a hole in the piece. The Tobias site is a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village that had dense artifact deposits, house remains, and numerous deep trash-filled storage pits. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Pipestone Pendant from Doniphan County

Pipestone Pendant from Doniphan County
Date: Unknown
This pendant was collected near Highland, in Doniphan County, and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2008. The soft fine grain Minnesota pipestone enabled the pendant's carver to shape and smooth the piece and drill two conical holes that meet for suspending the pendent.


Pipestone Pendant from the Radio Lane Site, 14CO385

Pipestone Pendant from the Radio Lane Site, 14CO385
Date: 1400-1725 CE
This pipestone pendant was excavated from a bell shaped pit feature at the Radio Lane site in Cowley County. The soft fine grain pipestone enabled the carver to shape and smooth the piece and then incise notches around the edges and carve a series of holes across one surface. The reverse side has incised lines. The site was a large Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village. Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew excavated there during a Phase IV archeological investigation.


Pipestone Pendant from the Tobias Site, 14RC8

Pipestone Pendant from the Tobias Site, 14RC8
Date: 1400-1700 CE
This triangular pendant with a drilled hole was excavated during the 1977 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Tobias site in Rice County. Each side of the pendant has scratch marks. The Tobias site is a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village that had dense artifact deposits, house remains, and numerous deep trash-filled storage pits. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Pipestone Pendant from the Tobias Site, 14RC8

Pipestone Pendant from the Tobias Site, 14RC8
Date: 1400-1700 CE
This pipestone pendant or ornament was recovered from excavations during the 1977 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Tobias site in Rice County. The pendant has two conical holes drilled along its body. The ornament may have been repurposed from a broken pipestone pipe, as is suggested by the series of lines running the length of the piece which may have once been the interior of a pipe. The Tobias site is a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village that had dense artifact deposits, house remains, and numerous deep trash-filled storage pits. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Pipestone Pendants from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408

Pipestone Pendants from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These two pipestone pendants were recovered from the Sharps Creek site, a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village in McPherson County during the 1993 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. The two pendants have different attachment methods. One used notches on either side of top portion of the pendant while the other had a hole drilled through the top.


Shell Ornament Fragment from the Wullschleger Site, 14MH301

Shell Ornament Fragment from the Wullschleger Site, 14MH301
Date: 1-1800 CE
This shell ornament fragment was collected from the Wullschleger site in Marshall County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1961. The now broken ornament was made of local mussel shell. The site was occupied periodically from the Early Ceramic to the Late Ceramic periods.


Shell Ornament from the Curry Site, 14GR301

Shell Ornament from the Curry Site, 14GR301
Date: 1200-1400 CE
This shell ornament was recovered from the Curry site and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1984. It was made from a local Greenwood County mussel shell. The slit was probably carved into it so it could be hung from a cord as an ornament.


Shell Ornaments from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408

Shell Ornaments from the Sharps Creek Site, 14MP408
Date: 1500-1800 CE
These two shell ornaments were recovered from the 1993 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Sharps Creek site. The ornaments, both now broken, were made from local mussel shell and have two drilled attachment holes. The Sharps Creek site was a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village occupied during the Late Ceramic Period.


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