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Bushmen with poor teeth could pound fresh meat to pulp in their stamping-blocks.

January 8, 1961

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The Heart of the Hunter

Laurens Van Der Post

Hunter-Gatherer
Pre-civilization races

It was impossible to tell from the appearance or behaviour of the two that something well-nigh fatal had happened to them only the morning before. The old lady was pounding some freshly grilled meat to pulp in her stamping-block, since neither her teeth nor her husband’s were good enough to chew venison whole.


The woman’s wooden mortar and pestle, or stamping-block as we call it in Africa, stood near by with her grubbing-stick or iron-wood beside it.