This object is on permanent display in the South Florida People & Environments exhibit, located in the “Wet-Site Animal Carvings” case in the “Native American Legacy” gallery.
Some South Florida Indians were accomplished sculptors. They carved wood by first chopping it down to the desired size using shell axes and adzes, then shaping it further using shell celts, and then finishing the finer work using shark-tooth knives.
This particular carving is of an eagle and was found at the Fort Center site, located on Fisheating Creek near Lake Okeechobee. It is more than 1,500 years old, and was found by archaeologists in a pond. The muck of the pond had provided an oxygen-depleted environment, which kept the wood from rotting.
Curator, South Florida Archaeology & Ethnography
Director, Randell Research Center
Florida Museum of Natural History
Post with Eagle
From Glades Co., Florida
Dates to ~AD 100-300