American Indian pipe likely to become Ohio's official artifact

April 29, 2013 at 2:11 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29 (UPI) -- A 2,000-year-old tobacco pipe discovered in an ancient American Indian burial ground in on track to become Ohio's official state artifact, officials said.

The stone pipe, carved into the image of a man wearing a loin cloth, loop earrings and headgear, was discovered more than 100 years ago at a burial ground near Chillicothe and the state Senate has approved a bill to designate it as Ohio's official artifact, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday.

A state House committee approved the Senate's bill Tuesday and sent it to the floor of the House, where committee Chairman Terrence Blair, R-Washington Township, said he expects it to be "favorably voted on."

The pipe is on display at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus.

"It's the earliest representation we have of a human in all of Ohio history or prehistory," said Brad Lepper, curator of archeology for the Ohio Historical Society.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories