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The Mantle Site: Photos of Ancient City

Human pipe effigy

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A human pipe effigy, it appears to offer a tantalizing glimpse at the faces of the people of the site. At the Mantle site archaeologists have discovered 200,000 artifacts, LiveScience takes a look at a selection of them in this photo gallery.

Another human face

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This selection also offers a tantalizing glimpse at the faces of the people of the site.

Close up of a human face

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This selection also offers a tantalizing glimpse at the faces of the people of the site.

An effigy face

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An effigy face imprinted in pottery. This practice is associated with the Iroqouis of New York state, its presence at Mantle suggests that the inhabitants had extensive contact with them.

Attention to detail

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This pipe effigy shows a tattooed man. Despite its small size the artist paid careful attention to detail.

Facial tattoos

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The tattooed man's face.

Woodpecker pipe

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A woodpecker pipe effigy, about 5 cm across. When you smoke the pipe do you become the woodpecker? That's one idea behind artifacts like this.

Owl artifact

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An owl effigy that would have been part of a pipe. The people of Mantle, and indeed all First Nations, held these effigies in high regard. When a pipe broke care was taken to maintain the effigy until it could be carefully deposited.

Pottery artifact

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A complete pot, with line decoration, discovered on site.

Mysterious artifact

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Held together by an unknown substance, this tiny artifact has archaeologists puzzled as to its use and the meaning of the notching.

Antler comb

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An antler comb found at the Mantle site.