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Pre Columbian Etowah Mississippian culture stone effigy figure - Upper Tenn/Lower Ohio Valley - approximately 1000 yrs old - 13 1/2" tall

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Female figure, painted and embossed marble statue from Etowah Mounds site, Georgia, Mound "C," burial 15, A.D. 1250-1375; carved in seated position, legs folded back underneath, detailed with a belt, skirt, and apparently cloth headdress. Pigments of red ochre and carbon black were added to enhance head, facial features, and articles of clothing. A portion of the chest area is covered with encrusted residue of copper. Mississippian culture.

Study of pipestone artifacts overturns a century-old assumption .... Hopewell Indians, Tremper Mound .... "Less than 20 percent of the 111 Tremper Mound pipes they tested were made from local Ohio stone. About 65 percent were carved from flint clay found only in northern Illinois and 18 percent were made of a stone called catlinite -- from Minnesota."

Samoa Bundt Cake

Tis the season! Samoa Bundt Cake is back. Quite possibly the greatest dessert recipe in the history of the universe. Chocolate and Brown sugar swirl cake topped with caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate ganache. Not healthy, but totally worth every bite!