The Jaguar Gorget is one of Missouri’s most notable artifacts. Excavated from a Late Woodland (A.D. 450 – 900) burial at Fairfield Mound Site in Benton County, MO; it is an engraved shell thought to have been produced several hundred years before it was buried. University of Missouri MAC2002-03-001.
The Jaguar Gorget is one of Missouri’s most notable artifacts. Excavated from a Late Woodland (A.D. 450 – 900) burial at Fairfield Mound Site in Benton County, MO; it is an engraved shell thought to have been produced several hundred years before it was buried. University of Missouri MAC2002-03-001.
The Lilbourn Mace is another notable artifact from Missouri. Made from Mill Creek chert (southern Illinois), it was excavated from a Middle Mississippian period (A.D. 1200 – 1400) burial at the Lilbourn site in New Madrid County, MO. University of Missouri MAC1971-0578.
The Lilbourn Mace is another notable artifact from Missouri. Made from Mill Creek chert (southern Illinois), it was excavated from a Middle Mississippian period (A.D. 1200 – 1400) burial at the Lilbourn site in New Madrid County, MO. University of Missouri MAC1971-0578.
One of several dozen prehistoric shoes excavated from the Arnold Research Cave in Calloway County, MO dated from 800 to 8,000 years old (among the world’s oldest shoes). This slip-on shoe is woven from a plant fiber called rattlesnake master, which typically breaks down but this cave lost its water source - making it an excellent site for preserving organic materials.
One of several dozen prehistoric shoes excavated from the Arnold Research Cave in Calloway County, MO dated from 800 to 8,000 years old (among the world’s oldest shoes). This slip-on shoe is woven from a plant fiber called rattlesnake master, which typically breaks down but this cave lost its water source - making it an excellent site for preserving organic materials.
Vest; Rawhide & glass beads; Osage Nation; Late 1800s. University of Missouri MAC1968-0148.
Vest; Rawhide & glass beads; Osage Nation; Late 1800s. University of Missouri MAC1968-0148.
Inuit Mask; Caribou leather, polar bear & other fur; Alaska; 1900s. University of Missouri MAC2012-03-010.
Inuit Mask; Caribou leather, polar bear & other fur; Alaska; 1900s. University of Missouri MAC2012-03-010.
Yei Rug - Yei are religious deities from Navajo sand painting; Wool yarn & natural dyes; Navajo; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0103.
Yei Rug - Yei are religious deities from Navajo sand painting; Wool yarn & natural dyes; Navajo; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0103.
Flakestone Projectile Points & Scrappers; Flint & chert rock; Multiple locations; Prehistoric. Flakestone tools are produced by striking a flint or glass-type rock and refining the pieces, or flakes; flakestone tools changed significantly over time and aid in identifying cultures. University of Missouri Lubensky Collection MAC1995-0138a.
Flakestone Projectile Points & Scrappers; Flint & chert rock; Multiple locations; Prehistoric. Flakestone tools are produced by striking a flint or glass-type rock and refining the pieces, or flakes; flakestone tools changed significantly over time and aid in identifying cultures. University of Missouri Lubensky Collection MAC1995-0138a.
Groundstone Axes & Celts; Basalt rock; Boone County, MO; Prehistoric. Groundstone tools are produced all over by rubbing hard rocks together and changed very little over time and cultures. University of Missouri Kelso Collection.
Groundstone Axes & Celts; Basalt rock; Boone County, MO; Prehistoric. Groundstone tools are produced all over by rubbing hard rocks together and changed very little over time and cultures. University of Missouri Kelso Collection.
Frog Effigy Pot; Clay & temper; Missouri; Mississippian Period (A.D. 900-1500). University of Missouri MAC2011-02-001.
Frog Effigy Pot; Clay & temper; Missouri; Mississippian Period (A.D. 900-1500). University of Missouri MAC2011-02-001.
Depression Era Bowl; Glass; Unknown location; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0066.
Depression Era Bowl; Glass; Unknown location; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0066
Heisy Celery Tray; Glass - colored by uranium glowing under ultraviolet light; Newark, Ohio; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0066.
Heisy Celery Tray; Glass - colored by uranium glowing under ultraviolet light; Newark, Ohio; 1930s. University of Missouri MAC1997-0066.
Torques Neck Ring - worn as a display of wealth; Copper; Foulassi, Cameroon; Early 1900s. University of Missouri MAC2009-03-063.
Torques Neck Ring - worn as a display of wealth; Copper; Foulassi, Cameroon; Early 1900s. University of Missouri MAC2009-03-063.
Acheulean Handaxe; Igneous Rock; Swaziland, South Africa; Lower Paleolithic (1.7 million to 100,000 years ago). Acheulean tools came after the Oldowan, referred to as ‘Mode Two’ tools, were considerably more refined and worked on both sides. University of Missouri MAC1985-0236.
Acheulean Handaxe; Igneous Rock; Swaziland, South Africa; Lower Paleolithic (1.7 million to 100,000 years ago). Acheulean tools came after the Oldowan, referred to as ‘Mode Two’ tools, were considerably more refined and worked on both sides. University of Missouri MAC1985-0236.
Olmec Figurine; Igneous Rock; Mexico; 1500-1000 B.C. The Olmec culture was among the first civilizations in Mesoamerica and gave much in the way of iconography to later cultures like the Mayan and Aztec. University of Missouri MAC1986-0066.
Olmec Figurine; Igneous Rock; Mexico; 1500-1000 B.C. The Olmec culture was among the first civilizations in Mesoamerica and gave much in the way of iconography to later cultures like the Mayan and Aztec. University of Missouri MAC1986-0066.
Mayan Bird Lid; Carved alabaster; Mexico; Classic Period (A.D. 400-600). University of Missouri MAC1986-0054.
Mayan Bird Lid; Carved alabaster; Mexico; Classic Period (A.D. 400-600). University of Missouri MAC1986-0054.
Ceramic Figure & Mold; Clay & temper; Near Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico; 200 B.C.-600 A.D. University of Missouri MAC2008–03-029 & 030.
Ceramic Figure & Mold; Clay & temper; Near Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico; 200 B.C.-600 A.D. University of Missouri MAC2008–03-029 & 030.
Quechua Moche Pot; Clay & temper; Peru; Late Prehistoric (A.D. 1400-1500). University of Missouri MAC1966-0728.
Quechua Moche Pot; Clay & temper; Peru; Late Prehistoric (A.D. 1400-1500). University of Missouri MAC1966-0728.
Snuff Bottle; Jade, brass & ivory; China; Late 1800s. University of Missouri MAC2001-01-035.
Snuff Bottle; Jade, brass & ivory; China; Late 1800s. University of Missouri MAC2001-01-035.
Composite Bow; Wood, horn, & sinew; India; ca. Early 1800s. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC1998-0343.
Composite Bow; Wood, horn, & sinew; India; ca. Early 1800s. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC1998-0343.
Chinese Bow Case & Quiver worn by Qing Dynasty Imperial Guard; Leather, velvet, & bronze; China; ca. Early 1800s. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC1998-0160.
Chinese Bow Case & Quiver worn by Qing Dynasty Imperial Guard; Leather, velvet, & bronze; China; ca. Early 1800s. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC1998-0160.
Chinese Repeating Crossbow; Wood, bamboo, leather & bronze; China; Unknown period. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC2004-01-091.
Chinese Repeating Crossbow; Wood, bamboo, leather & bronze; China; Unknown period. University of Missouri Grayson Archery Collection MAC2004-01-091.