Mussel Shell Tools

Perforated hoe blades, mussel shell; Caddo (historic), AD 1000 – 1700; provenience unknown, Hodges 77-1/X-235.


For further information about Native farming and farming tools, visit the “Native Gardens of the Arkansas Archeological Survey” web page. To read about the historic button blank industry in Arkansas, see the Encyclopedia of Arkansas page.

Reproduction mussel shell hoe

Text by Andrew Powell and Mary Beth Trubitt; reproduction hoe made by Jared Pebworth, photographs by Mary Beth Trubitt, Jared Pebworth, and Katie Leslie.