Shell scraper for food preparation

This shell scraper was a part of the bivalve codakia orbicularis. This was utilized in natural shape, taking advantage of the round end of the bivalve. With this the indigenous people peeled of the rind from the manioc before shredding the root, extracting its poisonous juice, and cooking it on a flat, clay griddle. The indigenes of the ceramic cultures practiced agriculture and grew different species of plants like sweet potatoes, corn, pineapples, tomatoes, peanuts and the bitter variety of manioc, making use of garden plots.