The Testimony of Hands

Survivor: Prehistory—Grinding Food


84.1.4, mano, stone
Photograph by B. Bernard

This mano is an example of one kind of tool that was used to grind foods such as seeds. It is 7 centimeters ( 2 ¾ inches) thick and 13 centimeters (5 inches) in diameter. It probably started out as a naturally round stone in a river, then became flattened on two faces as it was used. Wild grass seeds or maize could be crushed into a powder to make a meal that was easier to cook and eat.

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