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Franks Site Celt Acquired

A large, well-polished stone celt from the Franks Site in Brownhelm, Ohio was recently acquired by the Museum.  It was donated by the Rounds family February 12, 2013.

The 6″ celt has a well-preserved bit and is completely polished around all sides.  The Franks Site and Brownhelm Site were two large archaeological sites on the high cliffs along the east bank of the Vermilion River in Brownhelm, Ohio.  The entire site encompassed some 80 acres of land, and Col. Vietzen referred to it as an Erie village.  He worked on that site in the early 1940s and served as site supervisor when classes from Oberlin College did their studies there.  He most likely found this piece during excavations of the village site.  It is inscribed as being from that site, and the inscription is in Col. Vietzen’s handwriting.   This is a fine, local artifact; we are very pleased to be able to preserve it here locally.

Franks Site Celt from Brownhelm, OH.  Col. Vietzen collection.

Franks Site Celt from Brownhelm, OH. Col. Vietzen collection.