Other Artifacts

Other aspects of native technology were only poorly represented at the Fredricks site. Bone tools were virtually absent; most of the worked bone fragments that were found represented handles of iron trade knives. Numerous shell ornaments, including two gorgets, columella beads, disk beads, wampum, and runtees, were recovered at the Fredricks site; however, all of these probably were manufactured by coastal groups and traded to the Occaneechi. Serrated shell scrapers, common at earlier Hillboro phase and Contact period villages within the Eno and Haw drainages, and marginella beads were conspicuously absent at Fredricks. The general picture that emerges is that the Occaneechi were not heavily involved in either shellworking or boneworking, and met their needs for ornamental items largely through trade.