WVXU reports the recent discovery of a rare Native American pendant dating to the 5th Century A.D. in Ohio. Only 8 examples of the same style and period have ever been found.
Contractors digging a trench for a fiber optic box north of Newtown’s administrative hall earlier this month found human remains. They called police who quickly realized it was a burial site and not a crime scene. They, in turn, called the Cincinnati Museum Center. …
â€œWhen the police department actually called us, when I talked to them, he said they found some human remains and he said there was a plate with it. And I kind of knew exactly what he meant because we had found these other two back in 1981,â€ says Rieveschl Curator for Archeology Bob Genheimer.
Genheimer says the plate is actually a gorget, a decorative seashell, with the image of an animal carved on it.
â€œA gorget is an ornamental item. These gorgets have three holes in them. They have two at the top for suspension and thereâ€™s one in the middle where they possibly could have been attached to clothing or something else,â€ he says. â€œAnd on the inside, they are engraved.â€
Two other gorgets found in Newtown had images of an opossum and a panther carved on them. This one had a hybrid: part bird, part cat.
â€œAnywhere else in the world, you would refer to this as a griffin. But thatâ€™s not something thatâ€™s very viable in the Americas.
â€œWe believe that the bird may be a Carolina Parakeet. Which, as many people know, is now an extinct bird, but used to be prevalent in the southern United States and as far north as here,â€ Genheimer says.