Meat Processor Finds Native American Artifacts in Alligator’s Belly

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The items could be more than 1,000 years old

It’s no secret that alligators will eat about anything, but one Mississippi wild game processor is still shocked over what he found in a large alligator’s belly.

According to, Todd Hollingsworth, his brother, his father-in-law, and a friend took down a massive 13-foot, 750-pound alligator at Eagle Lake on Sept. 2. After spending hours detaining and loading the large gator onto the boat, they took it to Red Angler Processing in Yazoo City.

That’s where the owner, Shane Smith, made an amazing discovery. He found an atlatl and a plummet — two Native American artifacts that could be more than 1,000 years old — inside the alligator’s stomach.

Atlatls were used before the invention of the bow and arrow, and plummet stones were used to sink fishing nets to catch fish. Smith said experts believe the plummet did not originate in that area of Mississippi and was likely traded down through the different tribes from around the Great Lakes region.

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Smith says he can’t believe he found not just one but two ancient artifacts in the alligator’s belly.

“Two Indian artifacts in the same place inside of an alligator. I feel like I’m the only person on the planet that’s ever pulled those items out of an alligator,” Smith said.

But Smith isn’t the only game processor to find something unusual in an alligator’s stomach.

A few months ago, we reported about a South Carolina game processor pulling five dog ID tags out of the stomach of a massive gator

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