Punctured Horse Shoulder Blade

Hunting of large animals with spears

The semicircular wound on this  fragment of a horse shoulder blade was made by a weapon such as a spear, indicating it was killed by early humans. Other horse bones from the same site have butchery marks from stone tools.

Boxgrove horse scapula with spear puncture hole
Punctured Horse Shoulder Blade
Exhibit item
Discovered by: 
A team led by Mark Roberts
Age: 
About 500,000 years old
Site: 
Boxgrove, England