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Still Waters

Prehistoric decorated quartz pebbles

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Painted pebbles are a bit of a conundrum. These decorated, white beach-worn quartz pebbles have been the subject of much thought and discourse since the nineteenth century. The presumed emblematic value of quartz in prehistory may have been important in portable material culture.

One suggestion is that the small decorated pebbles may have been used as charm-stones. Painted pebbles may have been one element of a shaman's equipment, attributed with ancient magic powers. Others have proposed they were used as sling-shots;


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George Ford

Please! They are not done by ancient humans , Bigfoot decorated them only last summer!

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