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Amherst Gorget Preserved

An important prehistoric Native American Indian artifact has been acquired, documented, and is now preserved at the New Indian Ridge Museum.  While at a local garage sale in Amherst, looking over some antique bottles, Col. Nahorn learned that the gentleman having the sale, had found an artifact in his backyard while gardening in 2000.  A conversation then proceeded.

Mr. John McKitrick found this green banded slate gorget in the backyard of his home at 779 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, in 2000 while gardening.  We were able to acquire this local piece and are very glad to be able to preserve it and its story here at the Museum.  It measures 4 3/4″ long and is 2″ wide at its widest part.  The top is convex; whereas the bottom is completely flat.  Engraving is evidenced on the piece.  The location of this find is significant and interesting in that it is on a portion of the “North Ridge,” an ancient beach ridge often used by native peoples in their travels and during hunting times.

Gorgets are prehistoric stone “ornaments” that were often worn by Native Americans on their upper arms as decoration.  They resemble pendants, but have two, instead of one hole.  This particular artifact, because of its style, most likely was made by people of the Glacial Kame culture, c. 2000 B.C.

Please note, a special thank you to Bill and Diane Nahorn and Ann Dolyk for their financial aid in procuring this important local piece.

Below: Obverse and reverse of the banded slate gorget found on Cleveland Ave. in Amherst, OH.  

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