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Object ID # 1956.015.017ab
Object Name Sherd
Title First Nations Pottery Rimsherds
Lexicon category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Date Pre-contact
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown, likely the Georgian Bay area?
Description These two First Nations pottery rim sherds are from the same pot. The shards (sherds) are decorated on both sides. Sherd (A) is roughly triangular in its shape. One side has an upwards curvation, and six oval-shaped punctations. There are also 21 diagonal score lines. The other side has three rows of diagonally-scored lines. Sherd (B) has eight diagonal scores, 15 vertical scores (in the middle), and four horizontal longer scores. There are three partial diagonal scores. The other side of (B) has four oval punctations, 11 diagonal scores and the donor's name in black ink.
Provenance Aubrey Holmes told museum staff that this was collected in 1879 by his father, George Holmes, from near graves at Newash (the Brookeholm or Brooke area of Owen Sound), Grey County.

In a 1992 telephone conversation with Joan Hyslop, Melba Morris Croft, who conversed with Aubrey Holmes, said that he had told her that the graves were located at the intersection of 23rd St. and 3rd Avenue West, Owen Sound (Brooke area). Archaeologist Bill Fitzgerald wonders if they were found at the Mary Miller Park site?

Last belonged to Aubrey Holmes of Owen Sound.

Collection First Nations, Archaeological Collection
Material Clay
Found Brookeholm, Owen Sound and Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Holmes, George
Holmes, Aubrey
Subjects Newash
First Nations of Central Canada
Search Terms Brookeholm (Brooke)
Function These two sherds were once part of a clay pot. First Nations ceramicists were usually females.