After we looked at the Darwin & Dinosaurs exhibit in the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Fort Myers back in April, we went thru the rest of the museum. Expectedly, all of the exhibits were related to Florida history.
Various artifacts said to be Indian tools made from seashells especially attracted my attention. As I noted in this post written after visiting another Florida museum, I sometimes get skeptical when I read about the purported uses of various shell fragments. For example, these hammer-like tools made by securing snail shells to sticks were on exhibit at the SFMH.
Did the tools of the local Indians really look like these or are these the figments of archaeologists' or museum exhibitors' imaginations? Here is another example. This shell fragment was to supposed to have been a hammer. Would it not be more practical simply to use a piece of rock?
It was also stated that snail shell fragments like the one below were used as drinking bowls, especially during the ritualistic "black drink" ceremonies of the southeastern Indian tribes. This is certainly a more reasonable use for a shell.
Finally, there were these objects that were said to be columellas of snail shells. The columella is the central axis of a snail shell around which the whorls of the shell rotate. They were apparently worn as pendants. Perhaps, there are surviving authentic examples on strings.