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Caddoan blade
ca. AD 1100
Foster Place, Lafayette County, Arkansas
34.5 x 6.5 cm
Clarence B. Moore Collection

This is an exquisite example of a ceremonial Mississippian biface blade. To this day, blades are carried by the Creek—descendants of the Mississippians—during girls’ puberty ceremonies. The blade is used during the ceremony to purify the ground for the young women.

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