Mano in Net Bag from Prehistoric Texas

An early backpack for carrying things

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Simple grinding tool encased in net for easy transport
Simple grinding tool encased in net for easy transport

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.  

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Mano in Net Bag from Prehistoric Texas Artifact from El Paso County
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