Tim: Let’s get right to it. What’s this cool looking piece?
Eric: This is an engraved marine shell bead from AD 1200–1450. This was discovered in the Le Flore County, Oklahoma, at the Spiro site.
Tim: A marine shell? In Oklahoma? How did it get here?
Eric: The shell came from the Florida keys. They were then transported by walking or canoe to Spiro or one of the other ceremonial centers.
Tim: That’s amazing! Was this a piece of jewelry that the Mississippian people would just kinda wear out and about?
Eric: It was likely used in a ritual context and therefore would have only been worn in a specific setting.
Tim: Do we know whose face that is? Was it some local guy? Like a Director of Security or Social Media Deputy? Lol!
Eric: We’re not really sure what the face represents. It could be a real person, but in all likelihood, it is probably tied to a supernatural character or deity.
Tim: I love getting the sneak peek to see all this in our vault!