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41,500-year-old ivory pendant may be oldest human-decorated jewelry in Eurasia


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Archaeologists in Poland have discovered the remains of a 41,500-year-old pendant made of mammoth ivory and decorated with puncture marks, which is the oldest piece of jewelry decorated by modern humans in Eurasia on record. The pendant, which is now in two pieces, was found during archaeological excavations carried out in Stajnia Cave, Poland, in 2010, and recent radiocarbon work dates it to around 41,500 years ago. 

"The decoration of the pendant included patterns of over 50 puncture marks in an irregular looping curve, and two complete holes," the team said in a statement. They noted that each puncture could represent a successful animal hunt or cycles of the moon or sun.

41,500-year-old ivory pendant may be oldest human-decorated jewelry in Eurasia | Live Science

Peer Reviewed Scientific Journal - A 41,500 year-old decorated ivory pendant from Stajnia Cave (Poland) A 41,500 year-old decorated ivory pendant from Stajnia Cave (Poland) | Scientific Reports (nature.com) This really a very interesting read!!

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