Worked animal bone is among the many types of cultural belongings found at archaeological sites around Florida and the world. These items take many forms, shapes, and sizes. Within the Florida Museum’s archaeological collections, worked bone ranges from very small discs to large ivory tusks. This diversity reflects the people who made and used them, informing us about their cultures, technology, economies, and uses for these cultural belongings.

Fishhooks are rare but have been recovered from land and water sites. Deer bone was often selected in Florida. Blanks made from ulnae, other long bone and toe elements were then refined into final products.

We hope we hooked you to return to this page soon to see revisions and additions as we develop the worked animal bone and ivory galleries and searchable database.  MORE COMING SOON!