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These two modified bone tools were recovered in 1968 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists at the Paint Creek village site in McPherson County. The Paint Creek site is what archeologists call part of the Little River Focus of the Great Bend Aspect, whose people practiced fishing, hunting, gathering, and agriculture. These two tools were made on either bison or deer bones. The one on the left is a scored rib bone. Archeologists believe that artifacts like these could have been used as musical instruments by drawing a stick across the grooves. The artifact on the right may have also been a rasp or possibly a decorated bone. It was incised with a series of vertical and diagonal lines.

Date: 1500 CE-1800

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Item Number: 444528
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 444528

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