Monthly Archives: January 2011

Wehrle-Vietzen-Sauer Hopewell Pipe Fragment Acquired

The Museum has acquired an important Hopewellian platform pipe fragment that has an interesting history.  The fragment mostly represents the bowl of a Hopewell platform pipe.  It was found in Kentucky and has the markings: “4213 W  KENTUCKY” on the bowl.  This numbering system and the style of writing in which it is inscribed, tells us that it was previously in the Augustine Wehrle collection, a collection known as “an old time collection.”  It was then acquired by Col. Vietzen and displayed in his Indian Ridge Museum’s Hopewell Case for many years.  (Col. Vietzen had each prehistoric culture represented in his museum.)  After Col. Vietzen’s museum was sold, Col. Ron Sauer acquired it, and had it in his collection for over 10 years.  It is now permanently preserved at the New Indian Ridge Museum.

The Hopewell pipe fragment is shown above.

The Hopewell Case is pictured here as it was in the Indian Ridge Museum. Note the pipe fragment is in the middle-right portion of the photo, with a shadow going across it.

Work Continues at FARC

UPDATE: January 23 session – at this session the volunteers at the Firelands Archaeological Research Center worked on cataloging, numbering, and bagging artifacts from the Heckleman Site.  See photo below, courtesy Brian Mickey, President FARC:

Pictured are (left to right) Col. Nahorn (Director NIRM), Brian Scanlan (FARC Lab Administrator), and Dan Pugh.


As part of his Winter Term project at Oberlin College, Col. Nahorn is working with the Firelands Archaeological Research Center (FARC) on a variety of tasks.  He has worked on entering data into the spreadsheets in their database and began work, during the January 9 session, on cleaning and organizing artifacts from the field, along with other volunteers.  Brian Scanlan has been directing the group during these lab sessions.

A photo (below) courtesy of Brian Mickey, President FARC, shows Col. Nahorn, along with other volunteers, cleaning and organizing artifacts.  These artifacts are from the Heckleman Site located in Erie County, where the organization has worked the past couple of summers.  Data entry and cleaning/organizing artifacts will continue in the coming work sessions.