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Florida Tablets and the Olmec

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  • Vince
    Over 60 Aboriginal Metal Tablets have been historically reported from Florida. Others were found made from Wood and Stone. These objects were chosen as the
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      Over 60 Aboriginal Metal Tablets have been historically reported from
      Florida. Others were found made from Wood and Stone. These objects
      were chosen as the Motif for the Florida Anthropological Society.
      Several drawings of these objects can be seen at
      http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/UFDC/?m=hd2J&i=60643

      Based on Olmec Were-Jaguar Pottery Figurines, it can be seen that
      objects of identical form were worn suspended over the mouth. These
      objects were worn as a headdress adornment. Perhaps the object worn
      over the mouth symbolized sound or speech. Check out the following
      link to see the pottery figurine wearing the object of interest:
      http://www.museum.cornell.edu/HFJ/Handbook/hb161.html

      Tablet composed of metal Alloys include Cast Silver, Gold, Copper,
      lead, brass. Over 60 have been found around Lake Okeechobee, confined
      to southern and south-central Florida. Often, they are found in close
      Association with front of skull (8G135). One was found lying over 1500
      White seed beads and a large blue bead (MT#20). Others directly
      Associated with crystal beads (MT#17, 39). Many archaeologists have
      made the assumption that their origin must coincide with the earliest
      introduction is European metal.

      Stone tablets are made from Non-local, fine grained stone, between
      Lengths of 20mm-80mm. Their Place of discovery is also in Southernmost
      Florida. Their Chronological placement is called "Glades II and Glades
      III times"(Goggin 1949).

      Wood tablets range in Length (200mm-300mm), have been found at Key
      Marco (8Cr49), Caloosahatchee (8L17), and have Carbon Dated
      Chronological placement: Five dates from 1920BP-1125BP, One from 280BP

      They are shaped carefully with Bi-lateral Symmetry. These include a
      Thick half, Rounded end or spatulate edge that is convex, which
      Obverse side is convex bearing pear of "tear-like" or circle design
      motifs. The Thin half has a Flat end or squared edge and projection or
      tenon extending from mid-line, With a groove for suspension. The
      Obverse usually bears motif. The division between halves includes a
      constriction or "Waist" or in some cases, three narrow "connections".

      Some of the above information is summarized mainly from Volume 37 of
      The Florida Anthropologist article.

      Respectfully Submitted;
      Vince Barrows
      http://www.freewebs.com/historyofmonksmound
      http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/arqueologia/monks_mound.htm
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