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  • Vincent Barrows
    The following is a message regarding Four gold,silver,and brass objects from the southern region of Florida. ... Subject: South Florida Museum Date: Fri, 4 Sep
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2009
    The following is a message regarding Four gold,silver,and brass objects from the southern region of Florida.


    ----- Original Message -----
    Subject: South Florida Museum
    Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 20:20:18
    From: Suzanne White <SWhite@...>
    To: <v_barrows@...>

    <<1946.026.4512.jpg>>
    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."


    Suzanne White
    Director of Exhibits and Collections
    South Florida Museum
    P.O Box 9265
    Bradenton, Florida 34205
    Phone: 941/746-4131, ext. 37
    Fax: 941/747-2556
    www.southfloridamuseum.org
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