Sunday, January 22, 2006

South African site claiming date of 75 000 years for "earliest known beads".

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(Article excerpt)"All the recovered MSA shells are deliberately perforated, and most have unique medium size perforations located near the lip. These perforation types are absent in living populations and almost absent in dead collections. However, the most important evidence showing they were strung as beads, possibly for necklaces or clothing decoration, is... a distinct use-wear consisting of facets which flatten the outer lip or create a concave surface on the lip. None of these features are present in natural dead or living populations."

In other words, being strung and worn has left distinct wear on these shells. Coolio. Beadwork is older than agriculture and toilet paper.



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JLB said...


JLB said...

PS - Happy birthday Bingorage! You've passed the 1-year mark :)

Hoka-shay-honaqut said...

Thanksies! We'll see if I'm out of the google sandbox, now.