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Artifact of the Week: Yam Hoe

What kind of tool is this?

Who would have used it?

Where did it come from?


What is this?

This is a yam hoe, made in Nigeria, Africa.

What was it used for?

This tool is made by affixing a flat metal blade to a long wooden handle. It is used for many things on a farm, including loosening soil, digging up plants, carving trenches, and so on. The hoe has traditionally been used where a plough is not as easy.

Who would have used it?

This particular hoe was made for use in yam farming. These and other types have been in use by human societies for thousands of years, predating even writing by far. Historians know this because they have been seen in cave paintings.

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