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 peoples and informs us about their cultures, technology, economies, functions and uses minimally.  Fishhooks are rare but have been recovered from land and water sites. Deer is the most common bone in Florida that was used to create blanks from ulna, other long bone and toe elements and then refined to final products such as this fishhook.

Small fishhook probably made from deer.

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