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Bone Awl [Object of the Day #107]

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By: admin

This awl was made in Switzerland during the Neolithic Period. Both the awl and the haft are made entirely out of bone. The haft is perforated at the very end and decorated by small incised dots. Penn Museum Object #EU2615. See this and other objects like it on Penn Museum’s Online Collection Database

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Day Six

By: Amy Ellsworth

While a group of us were waiting for the rest of the team to muster, a loud squawk came from a bag piled against the wall amid other bags of rice and oranges. We all started and stared. “Did that bag just move?” Kathleen asked. Just then the bag seemed to inflate and a black […]

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The Golden Age of King Midas

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