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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Bone Grease

March 8, 2016

Crushed bonesBone marrow is a particularly rich source of fat, and most animal long bones found on archaeological sites have been smashed to small fragments, and then boiled to extract this fat.  The fat was particularly important in the winter when other food was scarce. It was often mixed with corn, dried meat or other foods in a stew, and also used basically as we would use butter.