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  • A green and blue LiDAR image showing subtle differences in elevation caused by the presence of a historic factory
    Information icon An image captured by laser imagery depicts shell rings at Raleigh Island on the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Ten centuries ago, the island was the site of a bead-making operation. Photo by Ken Sassaman, the University of Florida.

    A refuge gives up its secret

    November 12, 2019 | 4 minute read

    Today, it is the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, but long-ago it was a factory where natural resources became treasures. Native Americans transformed the shells of lightning whelks into products in demand far beyond the shores where they were made. Working in what is now western Florida, craftsmen turned those shells into beads. By the time Europeans arrived at those Gulf coast flatlands about 500 years ago, the bead-making operation had been operating for centuries.  Learn more...

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