The following is a message regarding Four gold,silver,and brass objects from the southern region of Florida.
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Subject: South Florida Museum
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:20:18
From: Suzanne White <SWhite@...>
Thank you for visiting. I'm attaching images of the three artifacts and
information of where they were recovered.
From a report by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchem, "Several remarkable artifacts in
the Tallant Collection are metal crested woodpecker objects. Three
nearly whole ones of silver with applied gold or copper eyes came from
Gopher Gully, Been Branch I, and Nicodemus. A fragment of a fourth made
of copper, was found by Tallant at Ortona (Wheeler 1997:69). These
carefully made, incised objects appear to depict Pileated Woodpeckers.
Only nine are known, all of which were found in Florida. Woodpeckers
are widely depicted in Mississippian period art elsewhere in the
Southeast and they are also depicted on wood at Key Marco. Ryan Wheeler
(1997) has suggested that these metal artifacts were used as headdress
decoration worn in conjunction with Seminole-like turbans. Because none
were ever found in situ, or at least no record exists, we just don't
know their true function. The one thing that is clear is that this
particular artifact is unique to postcontact Florida."
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South Florida Museum
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Bradenton, Florida 34205
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