Worked animal bone is among the many types of artifacts found at archaeological sites around Florida and the globe. These artifacts take many forms, shapes and sizes. Within the Florida Museum’s archaeological collections they range from very small discs to large worked 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 is the most common bone used in Florida. Blanks made from ulnae, other long bone and toe elements were then refined to final products such as this fishhook.
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