People of the Waters - Oneota
OPM #:
7519-6
Object Name:
Scraper, Hide
Description:
Elk long bone with butcher marks.
Comments:
The elk hide was stretched to a wooden frame and was ready for scraping. Every bit of flesh must be removed from the underside, the woman told her daughter. She showed the girl how to hold the bone scraper and what angle worked best. Together they started the task and although it was hard work, they knew the big elk hide would keep them warm when the winter winds blew.

The first step in tanning a hide was to remove all the flesh from the underside. The end of this elk bone clearly shows wear and polish from having been used to scrape a hide. It was recovered from the same spring as the elk antlers.
Found:
Winnebago County, WI/Winchester Township, WI
Material:
Bone
Culture/Period:
Oneota
Date:
Circa 1540
Dimensions:
H-3 W-3.8 L-18.5 cm
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Cavity from removal of sample for carbon dating at bottom.Cavity from removal of sample for carbon dating at bottom.
UWSP image, use-wear polishUWSP image, use-wear polish