Adena Pipe Official State of Ohio Artifact

02/28/2014

The Ohio Senate passed legislation that will designate an ancient smoking pipe as the official state artifact.

The Adena Pipe, found in a southern Ohio mound more than a century ago, is a smoking vessel carved from pipestone in the image of an American Indian man, and historians estimate that it was created between 800 B.C. and 1 A.D. It is named after the Chillicothe estate of Ohio's sixth governor, Thomas Worthington, where it was found.

Sen. Frank LaRose, a Republican from the Akron area and co-sponsor of the bill said, "Not only was it found in Ohio, but it's made of Ohio stone. This is truly an Ohio piece of history and it was made by one of the great ancient cultures that occupied our state before we were here."