digging stick


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dig·ging stick

(dĭg′ĭng)
n. Anthropology
A rudimentary digging implement consisting of a pointed stick, sometimes with an attached stone or crossbar, used to loosen and till the soil and to extract plant foods.
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Think of it like this: In the beginning --or shortly thereafter--there was the Earth, and then along came the farmer, with his plow and his digging stick, and then 10,000 or so years later along came the computer.
Black-and-white drawings detail the simplicity of the digging stick, the intricacy of weaving, essential parts of an African glider, and the inner structure of the Egyptian pyramid.
A wooden digging stick from Border Cave dated to about 40,000 years ago was found in association with bored but broken stones likely used to weight such sticks.
In the cases described here, Pfeiffer noted that the punctured nature of the cranial lesions were indicative of impact with a pointed object such as a digging stick (unlike broader lesions characteristic of an object such as a falling rock or tree branch).
One of those was the economist Thorstein Bunde Veblen, who, when writing about Native American culture in 1915, understood that immaterial equipment [1915, 272] is far more valuable than the material equipment, hi a passage about the California Native Americans, Veblen wrote that, "the loss of the basket, digging stick, and mortar, simply as physical objects, would have signified little but the conceivable loss of the squaw's knowledge of the soil and the seasons, of food and fiber plants, and of mechanical expedients would have meant the present dispersal and starvation of the community.
According to the story, Lono was out digging his crops with an 'O'O, a digging stick, and stabbed himself in the foot," recalls Nakamura.
In the course of a second season of fieldwork in 1994, drain WD3 was investigated following the discovery of a wooden digging stick protruding from one ditch and the recovery of gourd fragments from the basal fill of another nearby ditch.
In hard soil the root can be a foot deep, and you'll need a good digging stick or a shovel to reach it.
Swain and Sullivan also say they observed Krantz pocket artifacts, including a "donut stone" used as a weight on a digging stick, and that the guide later placed this object on display alongside scores of other artifacts at the Smugglers Cove adobe.
Using spider silk as a ladder, the woman -- carrying her baby, the digging stick and the sacred turnip -- descended through the turnip hole and received a hearty greeting from the tribe.
Armed with digging sticks, shovels, trowels and screwdrivers, these explorers scour the hillsides for the telltale bunch of brilliant red berries that give away the location of one of the most valuable plants of the woods: ginseng.
Using radiocarbon dating, researchers pinpointed the ages of wooden digging sticks, ostrich eggshell beads, bone awls and stone flakes that may have been part of a sophisticated hunter-gatherer toolkit-cum-jewelry box.