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By Haley Allgeyer

The Holly Oak Gorget is a shell pendant, worn as a necklace, with a carving in it of what appears to by a woolly mammoth. This artifact was allegedly discovered in the late 1860’s, by Hilborne T. Cresson, a field assistant at the time at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum. The pendant was found at an archaeological site in northern Delaware. The shell is made of busycon sinistrum, a sea snail, often found along the United States coast of the Atlantic Ocean.



Discovered by Hilborne T. Cresson "1864".

La Madeleine

Edouard Lartet discovered La Madeleine pendant that was a carving of a woolly mammoth 1864.

Harvard University's Peabody Museum

Hilborne T. Cresson, field assistant


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Pseudoarchaeological Claims

Hilborne T. Cresson

Forgotten Controversy

John Kraft and Ronald Thomas

Modern Understandings



Griffin, James B., Meltzer, David J., Smith, Bruce D., Sturtevant, William C.

1988 A Mammoth Fraud in Science. American Antiquity, 53(3), 578-582. doi:10.2307/281218

Jochim, Michael A.

1985 American Anthropologist, 87(1), new series, 158-160.