It seems that during the last Ice Age ancient humans were worried less about the cold and changing weather patterns and more focused on accessorizing themselves while carrying on with their daily lives.
The items of jewelry were found in a cave on the island of Sulawesi. It is speculated that the jewelry was made by the “cave artists.” Other items included beads made from the teeth of a babirusa (known as a deer-pig) and a pendant made from the finger bone of a bear cuscus. Both of these types of animals are known to be only found in this particular region.
This discovery shows that humans thrived and participated in symbolism as an important part of their culture even long ago. The findings also have implications that spiritual beliefs continued to transform and adapt as humans explored new species of animals never before seen.
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Progression Of Art Culture
“It would have been a progression and variation as time evolved,” researchers say. Even more interesting, archaeologists found ochre pieces, ochre stains on tools, and a bone tube. This evidence suggests that it was an active area for rock art production. The use of the bone tube may have been used as a blow-pipe to create hand stencil motifs.
In 2014, some of the world’s oldest known cave art was discovered on Sulawesi that dates to 40,000 years old. This latest find further adds to the Sulawesi discoveries.
There has been a long curiosity from scientists about the first Homo sapiens that inhabited the land immediately north of Australia prior to some 50,000 years ago. The cultural lives of these people have always been studied, as it is believed this time frame was part of the great movement of our species out of Africa.