Tool made from reindeer antler
On display in our London Before London Gallery at Museum of London, London Wall
Around 10,000 years ago this tool may have been used to straighten the wooden shafts of arrows. Arrows were vital to hunt birds and animals providing food and other valuable resources. Every part of the animal was used, with nothing wasted. The meat provided food, the hide was made into clothes and shelters, the bone and antler shaped into tools.
This tool was made from reindeer antler. Reindeer roamed through the area that is now London as the country was in the last grip of an Ice Age. This was a time where people lived a hunting and gathering lifestyle. They had a deep knowledge of the landscape, knowing which plants were edible, when fruits would be ripe and plentiful, the movement of migrating birds and animals and how to catch fish. They carefully managed the resources to make sure there would be plenty in future seasons.
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