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Bone Awls

Making clothing

Awls and perforators were probably invented in Africa and carried to colder climates, where they were used to pierce holes in clothing.

Three Blombos Cave Bone Awls
Image Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
Bone Awls
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 1991
Discovered by: Christopher Henshilwood
Site: Blombos Cave, Republic of South Africa
Page last updated: February 9, 2016