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Ivory pendant ‘earliest Eurasia example of humans decorating jewellery'


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A 41,500-year-old oval-shaped ivory pendant made from mammoth bone represents the earliest known example of ornate jewellery made by humans in Eurasia, a new study suggests.

Researchers analysed the pendant, found at the Stajnia Cave in Poland in 2010, along with an awl tool for hole-piercing made of horse bone.

The pendant, awl and bone fragments were dated to the Early Upper Palaeolithic period (between 42,000 to 37,000 years ago).

According to the scientists, the objects are the earliest known evidence of humans decorating jewellery in Eurasia and the emergence of the symbolic behaviour in human evolution.


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