Artifacts are the things that people made and used. They give a view into the past and a glimpse of the ingenuity of the people who lived at a site. Artifacts from the Tchefuncte site give special insight into two kinds of native technology. First, the site has the largest collection of Early Woodland period pottery in Louisiana. This period was the time when pottery making became widespread. Second, the site produced 930 bone and shell artifacts, which is the largest sample from any site of the Early Woodland period in Louisiana. People made these tools from the bones of deer, alligators, raccoons, birds and other animals. However, nearly 90% of the bone artifacts were made of deer.

Antler Tools

Turtle Shell



Mineral Pigments

Pigment Grinding Stones


Chipped Stone Tools

Bone Tools


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