Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 211 #SFFSAT

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Jarn brought a wild boar carcass he killed in self-defense back to Rainbow, but as she was cleaning it she found why it was bloody-mouthed when Jarn first saw it.

Year 8 Day 211

Pistacio Tree (Photo source)

Pistachio Tree (Photo source)

The pig (which was excellent eating, by the way) had a spear point and a short length of broken shaft in its lungs.

The point looked rather like the one I had found earlier, on the shore of the fish lake. They looked to me as if they were made in quite a different way from the method Little Gnu taught me, so I tracked him down and asked him. He agreed that there were others who looked like the People and made tools, but did not think that these chipped stone points had been made by any of them.

So what am I to make of this information?

Some creature similar to the People – and myself – put that spear in the animal’s lungs. Probably they planned to track the injured animal until it was slowed by loss of blood and shock, which by the way it was staggering when I first saw it would have immobilized it very shortly. If they had anything like the skill of the People in tracking, they would have tracked it to where I had teleported the carcass away, and possibly found my footprints. They must have been quite puzzled when both the pig and my footprints vanished.

I don’t think I should go back to that exact area, even if Rainbow has suggested that another pig (and more of the nuts) would be welcome.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a group of our ancestors and is exploring the world on which he finds himself. This post is much shortened from a longer version on my main blog. For the entire Journal to date, see my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the back story of the world in which my science fiction is set.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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4 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 211 #SFFSAT

  1. I think he’s made a wise decision–people don’t like when their food disappears. 🙂

  2. Peter Vialls says:

    It also confirms that you can learn a lot simply from the way a flint is chipped – there’s more than one way to make a decent spearhead.

    • Anthropologists have made a science of this. Neanderthal flint-working methods were different from those used in Africa at the time, but they did put wooden shafts on flint-tips. There’s a good deal of current research on the glues used.

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