This bone beamer was found at a Late Woodland site in Montgomery County in southwestern Virginia. Beamers were made by cutting a groove into a long bone to produce two sharp, parallel edges. The tool was then used to scrape flesh and fat off of animal hides while they were spread over a rounded surface, such as a log or a hideworker’s thigh.
500 B.C.E. - 1600 C.E.
Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA