Net Weight

Net Weight
Oblong granite cobble with an off-centered pecked groove running the full circumference of the stone for use as a net weight.
The warmer climate of the Archaic period opened up new land and shorelines in the American northeast. Warmer waters provided a habitat for new fish and shellfish species in the region and Wampanoag people started incorporating these into their diet. They collected shellfish from the shores, used spears and nets from mishoon (canoes) for fishing, and stretched nets across rivers or coves to catch fish that swam with the current. This grooved net weight was used to help a net sink and was made between 8,000 and 4,000 years ago.
Object ID
Stone, Granite
Weight and Dimensions
Field Collection Date
circa. 1940s

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