Fishhooks and Net-Making Tools


     (Top) The Indians at Bayou Jasmine caught and ate a lot of fish, based on the large numbers of fish bones in the midden. Archaeologists found evidence for how the Tchefuncte people caught the fish. Archeologists found 56 examples of bone and antler fishhooks.


     (Bottom) People also may have caught fish using nets. Archaeologists found several small rectangles made of turtle shell like the one to the left. They believe that these rectangular tools were used in weaving fish nets. The size of the rectangle helped determine the size of the openings in the net. Some of the cords found at the site may have been remnants of nets, or possibly of fishing line used with fishhooks.


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Credit: R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates
Credit: R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates
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