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Neolithic Bone Pestle
Caroline McCarthy Ď06
Program in the History of Science / Dept. of Geosciences
This artifact originates from a Neolithic lake-dweller settlement in Switzerland. Since the late 19th century, it has been part of the collection of Princetonís Department of Geosciences, and it is now in the process of being returned to its home country. The tool shown here is made from an unidenti?ed animalís bone, and would have been used for grinding grain raised in the early agricultural society.