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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Image of an Ornamental Pot Reportedly Found in Pelham in the 19th Century in a Native American Grave

Thomas Scharf was the editor of a two-volume History of Westchester County published in 1886. Chapter II dealt with the Indians of Westchester County. In that chapter, Scharf included images of a number of Native American artifacts illustrative of those discovered in various parts of the County.

Among those images was one that appeared above a caption that read "ORNAMENTAL POTTERY. Found in Pelham in Indian grave." The image shows an ornate and lovely pot decorated with a complex pattern. The image of that pot appears immediately below.

Source: Scharf, Thomas, ed., History of Westchester County, New York, Including Morrisania, Kings Bridge, and West Farms, Which Have Been Annexed to New York City, Vol I, p. 15 (Philadelphia, PA: L.E. Preston & Co. 1886).

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