Galleries & Exhibitions

Dyck Dwelling Household Goods

Scheduled for installation by January 10

The Dyck collection contains a large number of well-preserved wooden, reed, hard-shell squash, and gourd artifacts. Some of these are raw materials stockpiled for use later in time, others are modified and used for unknown purposes, while others were worked for specific tasks. The occupants had access to a variety of wood resources near or within a short walk from their habitation. They clearly took  advantage of those wood resources for multiple functions including the manufacture of various tools and weapons. These included digging sticks and wooden hoes for planting seeds, equipment to start fires, paddles for making pottery, wooden sticks and other flat tools, sticks used as applicators for applying pitch as an adhesive and other purposes, throwing sticks for hunting rabbits, and bows and arrow foreshafts for hunting small and large game.

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