carved bone

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Carved bones are created by using a chisel or some other sharp tool to work animal, or even human, bones into shapes. Carved bones can also be embellished with surface designs. Carved bones have been used as ceremonial artifacts as well as tools, such as awls or needles.

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"Ancestral Puebloan bone awls, American Museum of Natural History, photo taken July 11, 2015" by Rationalobserver is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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