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Necklace

Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service

Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service

Olivella shells, most likely traded from Northern California tribes were chipped or ground at the spiral end to provide an opening to be strung as a necklace. These shells are one of the oldest types of beads found archeologically in the Western US. They were a popular currency in Southern California, the Great Basin and the Columbia Plateau many thousands of years ago.

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