Archaeologists find one in China. Photo by Xinhua.
Archaeologists have unearthed an ivory shovel dating from around 99,000 years ago at a Paleolithic site in eastern China’s Shandong province, believed to be one of the earliest bone crushing tools found in China. This was reported by the Xinhua News Agency.
Li Gang, a researcher with the provincial institute of cultural relics and archeology, said the stratum of the site discovered in Yishui County was nearly eight meters thick. Eight cultural layers have been discovered and over 5,000 pieces of stone artifacts, bone, tooth and horn products, and animal fossils have been unearthed at the site.
It is rare in the world to have discovered ivory relics used to make practical tools around 100,000 years ago.
Archaeologists unearthed an ivory shovel. Photo by Xinhua.
Li said the ivory shovel and the soil in the same layer of the site had been dated by both the uranium series method and the photoluminescence method. Dating data shows that they are 99,000 and 104,000 years old, respectively.
“The artifacts reflect the way of life and tool-making of early human beings and are important for the study of the evolution of ancient humans in China and East Asia“, – Li said.
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