Bone Awl

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Title

Bone Awl

Subject

Artifacts

Description

Bone tools are common Middle to Late Woodland finds at sites where the soil is not too acidic for bone to decay. Bone awls like this one from a site in King George County on the northern Coastal Plain were used to pierce holes for hideworking, create incised decoration on ceramics, or assist in basketweaving. Archaeologists suspect that bone tools started being more commonly used during the Middle Woodland period, although poor preservation conditions from earlier periods makes this hypothesis difficult to support.

Source

Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Richmond, VA

Date

500 B.C.E. - 1600 C.E.

Format

.JPG, 647 × 517

Type

Image

Coverage

King George County

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

647 × 517

Files

44KG0003_F.10_bone_awl.jpg

Citation

“Bone Awl,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 16, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/460.

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