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Hopewell Mica Claw

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Hopewell Mica Claw, Ohio, North America

Mica bird claw (replica), Hopewell (AD 100-400), Ohio

John Weinstein, © The Field Museum
This beautiful mica bird claw holds clues about Hopewell society. The mica used is from the Appalachian Mountains, which shows that the Hopewell interacted with people outside of Ohio. Great skill was needed to fabricate this object out of mica, suggesting craft specialists within Hopewell society.
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