Galena and Chlorite Objects

5b.39 Galena and Chlorite Objects

Galena and Chlorite Objects

The Hopewell culture traded for galena (lead sulfate) from sources mainly along the Mississippi River in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The shiny crystals would likely have been attractive talismans or charms. Ground to a fine powder and mixed with grease, galena made a silvery white paint. Archaeologists found nearly 150 pounds of galena in mounds at Mound City near Chillicothe. The piece displayed is from the Tremper mound.

Chlorite's green color and mica-like inclusions were probably as attractive to Hopewell artisans as they are to us today. The source of this material is not known. The pendant displayed here is from the Hopewell Mound Group.

Catalog Number: A 0283/000121.002
Image Number: AL07254