Mano in Net Bag from Prehistoric Texas
An early backpack for carrying things
There were no suitcases available in prehistoric Texas, but peoples of that time needed to take items with them when they moved throughout the region seasonally harvesting food. Bags like this were used to carry smaller, portable stones and tools. The mano (hand stone) inside this net bag was used with a metate (milling stone) to grind wild or cultivated plants and seeds.
Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin
2000 BCE–1500 CE
This artifact is currently on view.