Ornamental Ceremonial

Gorgets, hair pins, pendants and shark tooth clubs are some of the objects used to denote rank and social standing in a society, while also adorning the persons body used in ritual activities.

Calusa Ear Spools

Ear SpoolsCalusa ear spool side view *NEW ITEM* Calusa ear spools found in the muck of the Key Marco site, Marco Island Florida along with many other perishable wooden items. Tools from The Earth has made this re-creation of what the originals possibly looked like when worn by the Calusa people a few hundred years ago. They are made of wood, lightening whelk shell, imitation Hawksbill turtle shell and tree resin same materials as the originals.
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Ceremonial Blade

Ceremonial BladeThis large stylized version of a flaked stone knife was made of cedar and covered with a prestigious material – copper foil. Prehistoric people had ceremonies and activities in their villages. This blade was used in ceremonial dances.

Over 60 of these effigy blades were found in a mound at the Spiro Site in Oklahoma. Based on the style, archaeologists believe they were made somewhere else, possibly the Cahokia site in Illinois. Our blades are made from eastern red cedar wood; copper foil and red string -- just like the originals.

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Shell Gorget

Shell GorgetToday, fancy jewelry with precious stones is a symbol of wealth and status. No different in prehistoric times. This shell gorget necklace was worn by a man with important social standing in the community.

This style of gorget was found at the Key Marco site in southern Florida, believed to have been a Calusa village.

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Bone Hair Pin

Bone Hair PinHair styles were as important to prehistoric people as they are to us today. Bone hair pins held the hair style in place and were symbols of status. The hair pins had delicate designs and different shapes. Hair pins held a hair design in place. These were very common in certain prehistoric societies in the eastern United States and were made from deer leg bones like our re-creations.

Most hairpin styles pictured are of hairpin designs found on archaeological sites in Florida. Please contact us about styles from other parts of the United States.

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Shell Pendant

shell pendantToday, fancy jewelry with precious stones is a symbol of wealth and status – just like in prehistoric times. This shell pendant was the centerpiece of a necklace of shell beads worn by a man with important social standing in the community.

These pendants are made from the central column of the left-handed whelk shell, a marine snail just like the originals. Pendants came in many shapes and sizes. The polish is from the snail that lived in the shell.

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Shark Tooth Club

Shark Tooth Club Shark Tooth Club Remains of a few prehistoric clubs of this design were found buried in the muck of the Key Marco site in South Florida. They found over 1,000 wooden artifacts preserved in the muck. Our club is a faithful re-creation based on the archaeological remains of the clubs and represents how the club probably looked when it was used over 700 years ago.

This club is made of mahogany wood (which grew in South Florida, and still does) and tiger shark teeth.

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Shell Gorget with Beads, Engraved

Shell Gorget with Beads Shell Gorget with BeadsMany styles of round gorgets were made along the southern and eastern coasts of the United States. The tubular beads were cut and drilled from the central column of the left-handed whelk shell with a great expenditure of time and energy.

Our gorgets are made from the same left-handed whelk shell, but our beads are a reproduction made from plastic clay.

Tools From the Earth is also able to create a pierced shell gorget with beads. For pricing, – contact us.
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