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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Harpoon and Netsinkers

September 15, 2016

Harpoon and two netsinkersThe Mississippi and smaller rivers and streams provided many fish, with freshwater drum, catfish, northern pike, suckers, gar, bowfin, bullheads and sturgeon popular. Fishing techniques have been suggested from the nature of some of the artifacts recovered. They can also be suggested from the nature and size of the fish. Large fish may have been speared. Nets and seines would have been the most efficient way to harvest schools of smaller fish in the shallow backwaters. Even crayfish and turtles were eaten.  Pictured is a bone harpoon (left) and two netsinkers (right).