“Indian jewelry,” as we call
it today, probably has origins that predate the advent of the persons
we describe as American Indians or
Native Americans. However, for the purpose of this paper, we will consider prehistoric man as prehistoric Indian. Archeological evidence shows
us that stones (including turquoise), shells, and fetishes predate the Christian (epoch). Turquoise found in Hohokam excavations in southern
Arizona dates back to 200 B.C. Likewise, turquoise from central Mexico dates back to about 600–700 B.C.; from South America, ca. 900 B.C.
Other beads are even earlier. Since Indian jewelry and turquoise are so closely associated, this paper will discuss both." READ MORE
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