Exotic artifacts from Coral Snake Mound. The polished boatstone may have functioned as an atlatl (spear-thrower) counterweight; if so, the facts that it is made from non-local stone and that its manufacture was extremely labor-intensive suggests that it was made for ritual purposes. The perforated raccoon teeth on the right were fortuitously preserved by copper salts--the necklace they once graced was in contact with copper artifacts. The large potsherd on the left is from a Marksville Stamped vessel. TARL archives.
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