"The term (gorget) applied to objects worn in some proximate relation with the gorge or throat. They may be suspended by a string or chain encircling the neck, or may be attached to the dress"----1912, by Frederick Webb Hodge, "Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, part 1, p. 496.
This specimen was worn tight against the neck as evidenced by the extremely smooth surfaces along the top and bottom lateral edges. There is also wear in the holes from the knots in the rawhide leather used to hold the gorget in place. Unfortunately my rototiller dug a few nicks into the front and back. The rest of the piece is in good condition and the extremely smooth surfaces leave little doubt as to how this was worn.