An iron strike-a-light. When struck against flint, sparks are created to light tinder in fire-making. This locally made tool was found in the lower levels of mound 5, an area that archaeologists interpreted as a kitchen based on the presence of stacked pottery jars, grinding stones and hearth stones. The object's orange color is the result of oxidation (rust). Photo scale in cm. Site Makala Kataa. 3 July, 1989.
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Makala Kataa, Station 6, Mound 5, Unit 4W 0S, Level 1