site has been excavated and collected for many years. It is multicomponent,
with Archaic, Woodland, and Fort Ancient artifacts found. There were also
reports of two small mounds on the site that had been plowed down.
marine shell gorgets from 46MS36.
courtesy of Harvey Allen.
Fort Ancient component is a village with burials. The site has produced
shell-tempered pottery, marine shell gorgets, as well as copper or brass
cutouts and tinklers, and glass beads. A
buffalo effigy pipe was also found at the site.
Because no buffalo remains have been found in the Kanawha Valley
from this time, and the pipe is made from catlinite or pipestone, it
probably came from outside the area.
occurrence of metal artifacts and glass beads indicates that the village
site was last occupied after European contact.