W4 Archaeology in the News

The article I found is about a discovery made in Germany. Archaeologists working in southwestern Germany discovered a rope making tool made of mammoth ivory in Hohle Fels Cave. The tool is believed to be roughly forty thousand years old. The piece measures eight inches long and has four holes cut into it. The holes are lined with spiral incisions which one archaeologist said are “technological features” of rope making. The archaeologists said the discovery shows the importance of rope and rope making to early Europeans. The piece was found in the Va archaeological horizon near the Aurignacian deposits which relate to what we just learned about stratigraphy. The Aurignacian period was between forty-five thousand and thirty-five thousand years ago, and since this piece was found below that stratum, archaeologists believe it to be around forty thousand years old. Other pieces that belong to this period include some of the oldest known human figurines and some of the oldest known cave art. Due to the sophistication of tools like the one just discovered, archaeologists believe the people that created Aurignacian artifacts to be the first modern humans in Europe. The discovery could lead archaeologists to a better understanding of early modern humans.

Article: Archaeologists Find 40,000-Year-Old Rope-Making Tool in Germany

Date: 07/22/2016

Source: Sci-News.com

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  1. Scott, it is truly amazing to think of just how long ago this tool must have been created. One hundred years is a hard concept for us to grasp, especially younger audiences, let alone a thousand, or forty thousand. It just goes to show how long mankind has been utilizing the resources around them in new ways to accomplish the tasks they needed to survive or live better. I like the relation back to stratigraphy and our past learning about how artifacts can be associated based on the law of superposition. It would be interesting to see just how important rope was to these people and exactly what it was used for.

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