Welcome to the worked faunal bone and ivory collection. This gallery highlights the Fishhooks from this collection that are unique and rare. Hook-and-line fishing technology is among the various methods used to capture fish by indigenous peoples and other communities spanning thousands of years from as long ago as 5500 B.P. These Florida fishhooks were found in river deposits where they were used rather than terrestrial sites where they were likely crafted. They are similar in form yet reveal a unique technological and stylistic variability. Mammals, such as deer and raccoon, and bird long bones were selected to manufacture the single-piece preform or blank, which were then crafted by cutting, abrading, splitting, and grooving into fishhooks.
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