What went onto Paleolithic plates (what foods they ate)

The Japanese actually call the Paleolithic era the “non-pottery era”. Since pottery had not yet been invented, the Paleolithic people obviously didn’t eat out of pottery plates. More likely they used their fingers, bone forks and ate off of bone, stone plates and leaves. Scientists know that the people were mostly fishing from rivers and hunting in the forests. The Hatsunegahara site had 56 pit traps that tell us how the people caught animals such as wild boars and even Naumann elephants, giant fallow deer and bison, between 27,000 and 25,000 years ago. Some food remains were identified from the Lake Nojiri site along with artifacts like a bone cleaver, bone flake tools. These suggest a killing and butchering site for Nauman’s elephants and Yabe’s elks. But experts are not always certain whether people hunted and killed these animals for food or scavenged them. Others argue that the tools the Paleolithic people used were more suited to the hunting of smaller animals rather than larger animals. The main ways of cooking were to dry, smoke or broil their meats.They also gathered fruits and nuts such as hazelnuts and berries. 

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