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Clam money string
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:56:22 PM »
The picture is from the site of the Bowers museum. The museum's comments:

Clamshell Money, c. 500-1700 A.D.
Channel Island culture; Southern California Coast
Shell; 98 x ½ in.

Long before puka shells were fashionable accessories in this era, thinly carved shell beads were a common form of currency used by Native Americans in the Southern California region. Strung together on a long string, the value was determined by the size and polish of the shells.
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