Artifact of the Week: Stingray Spine

stingray spine

This artifact is one of two stingray spines recovered from the Bog Island site in Everglades National Park during a 2004 survey of park lands that had been acquired in 1989. The artifact dates to Glades Period IIIa, which spans from approximately 1200-1400. The Glades material culture primarily contains tools made of bone and shell, which were most widely available in the area. The spine exhibits use wear, indicating that it was a tool. The top of this #pine is also pegged, which could allow it to be hafted.
SEAC ACC 1928, FS 79.11
Catalogue # 30880