Pipes and Gorgets from the
Arkansas River, Tulsa
County Oklahoma
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This Wichita style pipe is made of
black siltstone. It was found on a
gravel bar in the Arkansas River
near Sand Springs, Oklahoma by
local hunter Johnny Kidd. The
pipe was displayed in the
"Treasures of the Arkansas"
exhibit at the Sand Springs
Museum last year. This style is
the last pre-horse era stone pipe
in our area.
This pipe had a stem,
most likly made of cane.
The tall part is the bowl,
the short part is the
stem.
A gorget found in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. It is made of local
limestone and has criniod
fossil inclusions.
This is a woodland style.
Gorgets are very rare in the
river, and Eastern Oklahoma
in general
A pipe made of
local sandstone. It
was found on a
gravel bar in the
Arkansas River near
Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This small pipe was
used with a cane
stem, and has an
interesting obtuse
angle. It probably
dates to around
1000 A.D.
This gorget was found in 2006. It is made of black silt-stone, and has three
well drilled holes. It has several groups of tally marks around the edge.
This artifact is not
a pipe or gorget,
but should be
appriciated by
anyone who like
ground stone.
Often called
"Doughnut
Stones", similar
pieces have been
found across the
country. These
artifacts have
been called club
heads, digging
stick weights, and
spindle whorls,
among other
things. This one is
from Tulsa.
This gorget is of
superb quality.
It has been
broken in half
and carfully
repaired. The
artist enhanced
the edges with
his drill
This gorget was found in Sand Springs, and featured
in the "Treasures of the Arkansas" exhibit. It is most
likely Middle Woodland in age.
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