Hope Farm/Richmond Hall 3D Artifact Scans – Gallery

This artifact, the bottom half of a gorget (approximately 2.5 inches long), represents an ornamental piece that Native Americans attached to clothing or wore as a sort of pendant or necklace. Manufactured from ground slate, this artifact features two hand-drilled holes and a series of incised geometric designs on one side. Native Americans may have used gorgets for several different purposes. They could have been objects of importance that represented tribal symbols or insignia, or perhaps served as charms believed to contain certain earthly and supernatural powers. This particular specimen was recovered from the I-95/Girard project along the Delaware River in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Though Native Americans made gorgets for many thousands of years, this artifact most likely dates to the Late Woodland culture period (circa 800–1550 A.D.) and might be associated with local Lenape—or Delaware Indian—tribes. The incised design is similar to decorations found on prehistoric pottery from the Delaware River watershed, and may represent a fishing community.

This artifact, the top half of a gorget (approximately 2.5 inches long), represents an ornamental piece that Native Americans attached to clothing or wore as a sort of pendant or necklace. Manufactured from ground slate, this artifact features two hand-drilled holes and a series of incised geometric designs on one side. Native Americans may have used gorgets for several different purposes. They could have been objects of importance that represented tribal symbols or insignia, or perhaps served as charms believed to contain certain earthly and supernatural powers. This particular specimen was recovered from the I-95/Girard project along the Delaware River in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Though Native Americans made gorgets for many thousands of years, this artifact most likely dates to the Late Woodland culture period (circa 800–1550 A.D.) and might be associated with local Lenape—or Delaware Indian—tribes. The incised design is similar to decorations found on prehistoric pottery from the Delaware River watershed, and may represent a fishing community.