Tinkle Cones

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Tinkle Cones


The tinklers, once bright and shiny, are now growing speckled with age; mottled with various mossy greens, ranging in shades of dark forest, to emerald, to sandy beige, they seem as much a part of the earth from which they were uncovered as the grass itself. The copper is astoundingly well preserved, considering it’s around 400 years old, dating between 1609 and 1700 A.D. They are small, ranging between 1.5 and 3 centimeters long. Still, the tinklers have maintained the conical shape that made them jingle and gave them their memorable name. These delicate, decorative cones were part of the Late Woodland Period in the Northeastern United States and belonged to the Esopus Indians who roamed New Paltz and the surrounding region.


Esopus Indians


January 1, 1609/December 31, 1700


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Esopus Indians, “Tinkle Cones,” Hudson River Valley Heritage Exhibits, accessed June 19, 2024, https://omeka2.hrvh.org/items/show/597.

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