Trading was important to the Hopewell culture of the Ohio Valley. Many raw materials and finished goods were brought into the area from distant places. In addition to Lake Superior copper and marine shells, there was obsidian from the Rocky Mountains, mica and steatite from the southern Appalachians, flint from North Dakota and Indiana, quartz from Arkansas, galena and pearls from the Mississippi Valley, and silver from Canada.
Ohio pipestone and Flint Ridge flint may have been exchanged for these materials, but only small quantities of these Ohio materials are found outside of Ohio. Finished objects also may have been traded. Pottery vessels and stone pipes made in the south were traded to Ohio. Copper earspools and cutout designs fashioned in Ohio were exchanged elsewhere.
Catalog Number: A 0957/000310
Image Number: AL07305