Lewis and Clark Artifact Found

Harvard Museum Rediscovers an Indian Necklace

This bear claw necklace was recently discovered in a storage room at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. An Indian chief is thought to have presented the necklace to the explorers. David Schafer/Peabody Museum, President and Fellows of Harvard College hide caption

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itoggle caption David Schafer/Peabody Museum, President and Fellows of Harvard College

Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out 200 years ago to map the country's new Western territories. Their voyage brought back valuable information about the region, and many artifacts from its native inhabitants. The knowledge has stayed, but over the years, most of the gifts were lost. Now, on the eve of the expedition's bicentennial, one of their most impressive artifacts has been recovered.

NPR's Neal Conan talks with Castle McLaughlin, associate curator of the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, about the unearthing of the impressive bear claw necklace — in their own collection.

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