Look What the Boat Dragged In

Finds of pre-contact ulus, stone tools dating back 6000-8000 years, are rare. But every now and then, a scallop dragger off the coast of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI or Maine will haul one aboard. This ulu, Inuktituk for “woman’s knife”, was found by fishermen near Digby Neck, in the Bay of Fundy. A metal version of this stone tool is still used in the Arctic to butcher sea mammals and prepare hides.

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Pre-contact artifact
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Middle Archaic
Nova Scotia
Lithic, Slate
Length - 259 mm, Width - 97 mm, Thickness - 13 mm