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 WJTV.com, 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.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.