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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Elk Antler Hoe

December 14, 2017

Elk Antler HoePictured is a hoe fashioned from a subtriangular section of elk antler. The thickness of this artifact was reduced to 4-7 mm during manufacture by scraping away much of the porous interior. The cutting edge of this tool was modified by grinding and shows traces of soil polish.  Excavated in 1984 from the Sand Lake Archaeological District in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.