The shape of this particular bone naturally lends itself to being used as a shovel, and it is likely to have been bound to a wooden haft to create a functional tool. Shovels like this one were probably used to remove soil and rubble. General Pitt Rivers was very interested in experimental archaeology: he made and used reproduction scapula shovels, including this one in our collection.
Donated by the Council of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1926.
Accession number: 1926.50.3