Uses of Mica Artifacts

5b.30 Uses of Mica Artifacts

Uses of Mica Artifacts

Archaeologists are not certain how mica artifacts were used. Some may have been sewn to clothing. Small pieces of mica were attached to a copper headdress found at the Hopewell Mound Group. It is equally possible that mica artifacts were attached to structures such as the door posts of public buildings.

In mound 13 at Mound City near Chillicothe, investigators found a grave measuring 7 feet square covered with sheets of mica, some measuring 16 by 14 inches. In mound 7 of the same site, archaeologists found a crescent-shaped arrangement of mica nearly 20 feet long and up to 5 feet wide.

Catalog Number: A 0283/000242 B
Image Number: AL07216