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These bison bone rasps were recovered from the Bell village site in Comanche County. They were made by cutting grooves into a bison rib. Archeologists believe that artifacts like these could have been used as musical instruments by drawing a stick across the grooves. The Bell site is a Middle Ceramic period Wilmore complex site occupied by people who gardened, fished, and hunted, primarily bison in south central Kansas and north central Oklahoma. The site was the focus of the 1984 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school.

Date: 1000-1500 CE

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Item Number: 509642
Call Number: 14CM407-349 & 14CM407-492
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 509642

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