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Gorgets: Seminole warrior and slate gorets

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Before the introduction of metals including steel and silver, Native Americans used slate, shells, and other natural materials for their amulets and gorets.  Here Seminole warrior, Os-ce-o-lá, The Black Drink, is wearing a silver gorget. In 2019, USGS scientists helped to provide a detailed photographic record of slate gorgets and fragments found along the banks of the Patuxent River in Maryland.


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