Florida Tablets and the Olmec
- 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
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:
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.