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April 17, 2004


A truly ancient necklace may "present absolute evidence for perhaps the earliest storage of information outside the human brain." Adorning ourselves is a symbolic act and this necklace pushes back estimated dates for the appearance of modern human behaviours.

Perforated shells found at South Africa's Blombos Cave appear to have been strung as beads about 75,000 years ago-making them 30,000 years older than any previously identified personal ornaments. Archaeologists excavating the site on the on the coast of the Indian Ocean discovered 41 shells, all with holes and wear marks in similar positions, in a layer of sediment deposited during the Middle Stone Age (MSA).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 17, 2004 08:37 AM

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