A toolkit for making cordmarked pottery includes a finished paddle (a deer antler handle has been added), anvil and grinding stones, and shaped mussel shell fragments for scraping, smoothing, and trimming. Such toolkits must have been highly valued by prehistoric potters and probably passed from mother to daughter. (We don't know for certain that the potters were women, but ethnographic accounts from the Southwest and the Plains strongly suggest that was the case.)
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