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    Guitarrero scraper w/cord & hide

    Ran across this in the new "Mammoth Trumpet" and thought it was worth a share. It is a scraper from Complex II in Guitarrero Cave, Peru. Some of the cordage found dates 10,200 RCYBP (Radio Carbon Years Before Present).

    The scraper is covered in deer hide and lashed with cordage most likely made from agave which still grows outside the cave:

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    Makes you wonder what perishable elements are missing from some of the artifacts we find and how it alters how we perceive their usage...
    Last edited by Mud Hawk; 05-10-2012 at 11:29 AM.

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    THAT is really interesting. Did they make any remarks about it?
    Thank you for posting.

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    Lillyput... Nope, wish they did! The article was more into the accuracy of radio carbon dating fiber/cordage. Still a great read, I think I am going to get a subscription.

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    That is pretty cool. I'm with you I wish things were preserved in more cases to better understand how items were used

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    Very interesting Mud, it sure does make one re-think the possibilities of how some tools were used.......I never would have thought of that. Thank you for posting this.

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    Thanks Mud, I have often wondered about what we don't know in relation to what we don't find! Finding rocks, easy, finding the rest of what the aborigines used?

 

 

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