From Ohio History Central
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Archaic hunters and gatherers continued the successful way of life of their Paleoindian ancestors, but moved about in a smaller area. They found new ways to harvest the rich natural bounty of Ohio's forests.
Late Archaic groups such as the Glacial Kame people also began to trade with distant groups for copper and sea shells. These special ornaments may have belonged to leaders or respected hunters or healers. When these people died, the objects were buried with them as symbols of their high status.