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This bison scapula hoe fragment was recovered from the El Cuartelejo site in Scott County. The site, unique in Kansas, is the location of a seven room pueblo occupied by refugees from the Taos and Picuris pueblos in New Mexico in addition to Dismal River aspect groups (Apache). El Cuartelejo, also called the Scott County Pueblo, has been excavated and studied by many archeologists since 1898. This hoe fragment was recovered during the 1970 Kansas Archeology Training Program. Before the hoe broke, the hoe's maker removed the long spine that runs the length of the scapula (shoulder blade), beveled and sharpened the edge, and hafted it to a handle. The drilled hole was likely added after it broke, either as a lace hole for repair or for repurposing as an ornament.

Date: 1650-1750

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Item Number: 449765
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 449765

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