No, I’m not talking about Adele.
I was recently photographing artifacts at Poverty Point and they pulled out these cylindrical objects that I had never seen before. I had no idea what they were. The answer … pipes. Incredible.
I have imagined the Poverty Point people hauling dirt, building mounds, making tools, hunting, fishing but never kicking back in the evening smoking a pipe. These artifacts really added another dimension to my idea of who these people were.
But what did they smoke? What grew naturally on the Macon Ridge that was suitable for lighting up? Or was it something else they imported, like rock? There’s possibly a small amount of residue left in at least one of the pipes. Could it be analyzed? Could it tell us what these ancient people were … rolling in the deep? 🙂