Between 200 BCE and 500 CE, Hopewell culture was flourishing across much of Eastern North America. They were living in dispersed sedentary households, and engaging in low-level food production, however, they are best known for building the large conglomerations of earthworks and mounds scattered across the Ohio Valley. Their impressive mounds have been excavated and documented, but not much is known about the domestic lives of these people. As archaeologists have started excavating Ohio Hopewell domestic sites, they have noticed that pottery not only is important in their burials, but also plays an important role in their daily lives as features associated with their dwellings contain many broken pieces of pottery. The pottery from both the domestic sites and the mounds has been classified, but archaeologists have not tried to recreate Ohio Hopewell pottery-making methods. This past semester, Geneseo student Kara James has been doing experimental research on the temperature firing ranges that the Ohio Hopewell used for their pottery production. This presentation is based on her research, findings, and methodology.
"Making and Firing Hopewell Pottery,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2011, Article 2.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2011/iss1/2