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How Did People Make Etched Shell?
In this class, we will etch shells using similar methods as the Hohokam used in the past. Students will carve their original design into a wax or pitch-covered shell surface that we will submerge in an acidic solution. This solution will incise the designed exposed surface while the resin or pitch p...
Hands-On Archaeology: How to Make a Shell Tinkler
Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (January 19, 2017)—Shell tinklers are a relatively common shell artifact we find in Hohokam and Salado archaeological sites in southern Arizona. Most are made of Conus shell or Olivella shell, both of which come from the ...
Exploring the Edge, March 8–9, 15–16
By Lewis Borck, Preservation Archaeology Fellow We have been working in the Coyote Mountains for three weeks now as part of our Edge of Salado investigation. I can say, without any doubt, that it has been one of my favorite settings to work in. Each site is nestled within a box canyon er...