ITEM ID: 0051

Hollowed-Out Bison Metatarsal Bone

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Year Created: Pre-20th c.
Year Acquired: 2015
Condition: Worn/Used

This mineralized bison metatarsal bone is a significant historical artifact, providing a tangible link to the practices of early First Nations peoples near buffalo run cliffs. The bone exhibits clear evidence of human interaction: a serrated blade’s saw marks, a clean break indicative of deliberate manual force, and scrape marks from marrow extraction. These signs point to a well-established method of processing bison for sustenance, where every part of the animal was used, and marrow was a valued source of nutrition.

The bone is also unique for a deformity of 2 parallel bone growths resembling dew claws, these extrusions are not common on bovine metatarsals.

 

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