Skip to comments.Engraved Stone Dating Back 30,000 Years Found in China
Posted on 12/01/2012 6:42:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Prof Xing Gao of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, co-author of the paper, said: Shuidonggou site includes 12 localities, ranging in date from Early Late to Late Paleolithic. The engraved stone artifact was found at Locality 1, which is about 30,000 years old.
Dr Peng added: we used a digital microscope to observe all the incisions, obtaining many 3D images. After excluding the possibility of natural cracking, trampling and animal-induced damage, and unintentional human by-products, we believe that the incisions were made by intentional behavior. Although we cannot be sure of the function of these incisions, the straight shape of each line shows that it was incised once over a short time interval without repeated cutting, implying the possibility of counting or recording at that time.
Furthermore, creation of such an engraved object may indicate the possible existence of complex communicative systems such as language, he said.
In addition to the engraved stone artifact, one ostrich egg bead was unearthed from Locality 1. The lithic assemblage of this locality includes blade production and elongated tool blanks. The blade technology was probably introduced from the Altai region of Russian Siberia, according to comparison between lithic assemblages. The flake technology is typical of the Late Paleolithic in north China.
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Chinese archaeologists have discovered a stunning 30,000-year-old engraved stone artifact in a collection of stone tools unearthed at the Paleolithic site of Shuidonggou in 1980.
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Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
That’s about 23,000 years before the creation of Earth!
It’s an early example of vote counting. The Democrat won, and the results are set in stone and can’t be changed.
Dating rocks can be a little tricky.
does it say “Unicorn Ranch”??
It really sez, “if the cave is a-rockin’, don’t come knockin’”.
For one thing, what kind of movies do they like?
Looks like the Roman Empire stretched further east and farther back in time than we knew.
Stunning. Simply stunning. That’s as fine an example of rock writing as I’ve ever seen. Marvelous. Scientists everywhere can hold their heads a little higher today. The scratches are, I think, some of the best displays of bimodal attenuation ever found. Normally, you don’t find this kind of work from a young artist. The artist usually has to suffer for several years. Did they find a cut off piece of ear by it? Well, one can hope.
P.S. sunkenciv; never think that I’m making fun of you. I do appreciate what you put on Free Republic.
“Dating rocks can be a little tricky.”
I’ll say......How on Earth can they determine the age of the carvings without a reference point?
Sharpening a blade, more like. Two strokes connect like the blade came down on the right side, then the left.
Heretic! It’s 24,000!
How similar are these markings to known Runic markings?
Is it a calendar that says the Mayans were wrong with their calendar?
You did it now! The crazies can sense what you wrote, and will be here post-haste.
This would have been done during the last glaciation, towards the end. The individuals that would have done this must have been very resourceful.
|ᚢ||u||/u(ː)/||?*ūruz||"aurochs" (or *ûram "water/slag"?)|
|ᚦ||þ||/θ/, /ð/||?*þurisaz||"the god Thor, giant"|
|ᚨ||a||/a(ː)/||*ansuz||"one of the Æsir (gods)"|
|ᚲ||k||/k/||?*kaunan||"ulcer"? (or *kenaz "torch"?)|
|ᚺ ᚻ||h||/h/||*hagalaz||"hail" (the precipitation)|
|ᛃ||j||/j/||*jēra-||"year, good year, harvest"|
|ᛇ||ï (or æ)||/æː/(?)||*ī(h)waz/*ei(h)waz||"yew-tree"|
|ᛈ||p||/p/||?*perþ-||meaning unclear, perhaps "pear-tree".|
|ᛉ||z||/z/||?*algiz||unclear, possibly "elk".|
|ᛏ||t||/t/||*tīwaz/*teiwaz||"the god Tiwaz"|
|ᛚ||l||/l/||*laguz||"water, lake" (or possibly *laukaz "leek")|
|ᛜ ᛝ||ŋ||/ŋ/||*ingwaz||"the god Ingwaz"|
|ᛟ||o||/o(ː)/||*ōþila-/*ōþala-||"heritage, estate, possession"|
God, right this moment, can create a rock that proves, by our testing, to be sixty million years old!
How about that!
Rune alphabets are relatively recent ~ this rock carving is many times older than the oldest rune.
Did the pre-Viking Arctic Red Earth People use the Runic Language?
Thanks for the quick turn around on providing an excellent reference sheet on Runes!
The markings should not be understood as part of an alphabet ~ rather, they are just markings ~ and that's the important part ~ they aren't accidental as far as anyone can tell.
Yeah, I used to date one and I took my lumps. Seriously, what's to say the carved stone relates to other artifacts at the site? Unless there were associations that can definitely place it at 30K it's entirely possible it was left there much later than postulated. Sites that yielded knappable quartz minerals were popular with tool and point-makers during the entire stone age and drew many different visitors over long time periods.
Isn’t Cuneiform around 5000 years old?
More like ogham markings, but the excavator looks like he’s onto something with the idea that someone was keeping track of something (days, rains, something). OTOH, Ciexyz may be onto something, despite the lack of metal at that time.
No, not really, hold the lighter bfore you step to the stake. I used to know the age of the earth to the year (something around 6,245, with an October birthday), but I forgot and am unable to locate the scientific sources, so if you have them, please show us the links.
Im still trying to figure out how they dated the rock...
Don’t they have age rings?
” - - - this artifact is made of siliceous limestone - - - “
This lithology will be softer than a marker that is pure chert (flint), or a marker that is pure quartz. All of these potential markers are commonly found associated with silicious limestone.
The relatively uniform width of the markings is consistent with a marking tool that does not wear significantly from start to finish of a marking, or marking to marking. Thus, the marking tool has a hardness greater than a limestone with up to 99.999 % Silica.
The small size of the marked stone could have been easily carried in the hand of the individual.
Uses, without more information on the wear patterns of the rock, are best treated as speculations.
BTW, why did it take 32 years for the Chinese to get around to publishing this paper?
BTW, BTW, what is the stratigraphic, weathered rind, or “other” evidence that the 30KYBP dating is based upon?
Looks like something was dragged across the rock. I think you have to know the total surroundings to even make a wild guess.
This rock only 2.7 inches long....suitable for holding in the hand...but purpose?? I see none...still think drag marks
like i said, it was a long time ago
In the future we’ll be implanting cheeps into rocks, like we currently implant into dogs and cats, to hold and collect (not necessarily in that order) data for use by future generations of scientists.
The date usually attributed to Bishop Ussher is 4004 BC, iow 6016 years ago, plus a month or so. Off with your head!
Not sure, but likely was done by the tool types in the same context.
High quality Carbon dating might go back for 30KY. I read somewhere that the limit was 45KYBP, but don’t quote me.
The Carbon in the Ostrich shell and possible wood fragments in the strata with the marked stone might provide enough Carbon to measure the Carbon ratios with statistical confidence.
This is a significant find, if it really is valid, as the dawn of literature will have been pushed back by at least 5 X.
At this time Central Europe was a Polar desert.
It will be interesting to find out the elevation of this site.
The practical limit for RC dating of a field sample is about 50K before present, a perfect theoretical sample (whatever that is) the limit is about 60K (the equipment’s more sensitive now).
Thanks! I was in the ballpark, which shores up my confidence in my memory just a tad.
Now I can quote you!