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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Rasp

March 8, 2016

RaspFew musical instruments have survived, although music was undoubtedly an important part of the lives of the area’s first inhabitants.  The most common artifact is a rasp, usually made from the rib of a deer or bison.  It was probably played by rubbing a stick across the grooves on the rasp.  Rasps are one of the most distinctive artifacts of the Late Prehistoric/Proto-Historic period, from about 1500 to 1700 AD. (Bison bone rasp, Oneota, Houston County, MN)