Image: 1500 year old Chattahoochee Snaggletooth Cat Jar
This Snaggletooth Cat Jar came from the Shoemake Mound on the Chattahoochee River, about seven miles west of Kolomoki Mounds. It was produced by people of the Weeden Island Culture around 500 AD. I am pretty sure that the Weeden Island People were Southern Arawaks from South America. They were probably the ancestors of the Apalachicola Tribal Branch of the Creek Indians.
These talented artisans were fond of putting cartoon characters on jars and bowls. It was also commonplace for them to cut out geometric shapes from the walls of clay greenware pottery before firing them. Obviously, jars and bowls with decorative holes in them were not meant for holding liquids!
The jar was excavated by the famous archaeologist, Clarence Bloomfield Moore, in 1906. His excavations completely destroyed several mounds on the Lower Chattahoochee River.
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