Archaeologists have discovered the oldest jewelry ever recorded. They found 33 shell beads dating back 150,000 years.This finding is summarized in Research articles Published by Scientific progress.
These artifacts were found nearby MoroccoThe Atlantic coast in the Bizmoune cave between 2014 and 2018. These beads have undergone rigorous testing to determine their age, and many of them are said to be between 142,000 and 150,000 years old.
The beads are about half an inch long, and each bead seems to be made of two different types of conch. According to the excavation team, there was a hole in the center of the beads and signs of wear, indicating that they were hung on ropes or clothes.
Ancient beads from North Africa, such as these, are related to the Aterian culture of the Mesolithic Age. The settlers of this period are widely considered to be the first to wear what we now think of as jewelry.
The archaeologist Steven L. Kuhn and his team said that shell beads are the earliest known evidence of the widespread existence of nonverbal communication among humans. Humans use jewelry to convey information about ourselves without talking. Information.
“They may be part of the way people express their identity through clothes,” Kuhn said in an interview. statement“They are just the tip of the iceberg of this human characteristic.”
Beads are also known for their long-lasting form. Kuhn said that the makers of the beads did not paint their bodies or faces with ocher or charcoal like many people, but made something more durable, which shows that the message they intend to convey is lasting and important.
Kuhn is also a professor of anthropology at a British university. Arizona And believe that this discovery shows that people even used accessories thousands of years ago to convey part of their personality. Kuhn said that beads are a fossil form of basic communication.
If you are interested in history, art and fashion, the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts has launched the exhibition “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity”. It explores the early influence of Islamic art on jewelers. The exhibition will be open to the public until February 20, 2022.
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