Dr. Richard Ohmes and the ivory collection

The Aucilla River has yielded the richest collection of ivory shafts in the New World. An important piece of ARPP research, describing and interpreting this collection, was submitted by Dave Webb, Jim Dunbar and Ben Waller to the journal American Antiquity. A majority of the remarkable pieces from the Aucilla River were donated by Dr. Richard Ohmes of Bremerton, Washington. Dick, shown here in his studio circa 1970, and his son Don worked extensively in the Aucilla during the sixties. Diving on two different occasions they found the two halves of the ivory shaft that represents the earliest piece of artwork in North America (featured in the 1994 edition of this newsletter).

PHOTO Dr. Dan Morse