For the last month I’ve been working on selecting content for the website.  I gave a presentation on the archaeological research related to this project at the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Orlando, Florida last week.  My presentation focused on the objects in the collection as well as some in-depth analysis of use-wear on socketed bone points.  The presentation helped me to work on some of the visual content and text that I can use for the virtual museum.  I also worked with our research partners at the University of South Florida  on materials for the website.  They gave me some great imagery of three different kinds of bone fish gorges found at the site.  Fish gorges were a common type of fishing gear among indigenous societies in North America.  A fish gorge is typically pointed on both ends and is attached to a line at its midsection.  Once the fish swallows a baited gorge, a tug on the line turns the gorge and lodges it in the fish’s throat.  They are a very effective and simple type of fishing gear.  In modern times, fish gorges are commonly used by survivalists because they are easy to make and easy to use.  Next month, I’ll continue working on content generation and I am hoping to secure permissions I need for the host site.

 

Bone Fish Gorges from an Archaeological Site

Three forms of bone fish gorges from an archaeological site.