Sunday, June 6, 2010

Need Info: Ceremonial Scepter/Mace Found in NY

This artifact was found in New York state, supposedly within 10 miles or so of SRAC, and by a private local collector. It is approximately 3.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches long, and has a red stain along it's upper right edge. It clearly has a shape not unlike ceremonial maces found at Mississippian Mound sites. Some notable maces like the one found here can be seen below:

Supposedly identifying a person of high status and a possible axe used in sacrificial ceremonies, these items are very rare and for that reason, we are trying to find out as much as we can about it. This may seem easy, but the truth is that no Mississippian sites have been identified in our region...so we have no specialists in our region for this artifact to help us.

Both the owner and SRAC agree that it is very important for us to find this artifact (which quite possibly might be the most significant piece of archaeological evidence found in our region in quite some time -) some serious scientific review asap.

As a result, I am posting this information in hopes that I may get some feedback about any other maces being found in NYS, what the lithic material could be (Normanskill chert?) and any ideas on getting this researched by a university or professional who has a background in the Mississippian culture or this type of artifact.

We can get you access to the piece upon request if you are a serious inquirer who would like to help us.

1 comment:

  1. I received this from my good friend and SRAC member, Vince Barrows: (Note - Vince has pointed out to me that the shape of the mace is relative to a human sternum)

    http://www.scribd.com/full/32623739?access_key=key-f2qj8ne2alls9qahx2

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