Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

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1956 North Dickson Mounds Rd.

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Lewistown, IL 61542

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(309) 547-3721

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Marine Shell Spider Gorget

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Marine shell gorget
Fulton Co., ~ 800 – 900 years old

Gorgets are pendants that are worn on the chest and hung from a string or on a necklace. The term gorget typically refers to armor worn to protect the throat. A number of similar gorgets have been found throughout the Mississippi River Valley and in the southeastern United States. This gorget was found near Dickson Mounds and was made around A.D. 1300.

Cross-in-Circle Gorget

Image of cross-in-circle gorget
This pendant-like object, or gorget, was worn around the neck, probably suspended with a cord threaded through the holes on the outer edge. Another object may have been suspended from the opposite hole(s).
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