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Ochre hand imprint of Homo erectus revealed
Past Horizons ^ | Saturday, December 21, 2013 | Alexander Binsteiner

Posted on 12/21/2013 8:50:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv

After the recent discovery of several well-preserved hand axes of Acheulean age dating to approximately 500,000 years ago, as well as a phallus shaped object coated with traces of ocre (see Fundsache Homo erectus, Archaeology Online 2012) a number of hammerstones were also recovered... and have clear use marks on the longitudinal edges. However, after close examination... a quartzite hammerstone was shown to have a peculiar line of reddish ochre along a well-defined and particularly striking side. Natural sediment retention in the cobble itself was excluded, and it suddenly became obvious that what was being observed, was the outline of the ball and thumb of a 500,000 year-old hand.

The use surface was compatible with it being held in such a way that the hand would have covered the rest of the cobble, leaving only a partial outline in red ochre, echoing the famous hand prints in the cave paintings of France and Spain.

The hammerstone user was right-handed and the resulting curved trace of colour on the stone was caused by trituration (the process for reducing particle size of a substance by grinding) of ochre with liquid, showing Homo erectus was undoubtedly using this as a form of paint at the site of Lehberg.

Constant use of the hammerstone in the same way and for the same purpose allowed the ochre particles to become ingrained along the same point where the hand would have rubbed against the stone.

(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: earlycrackdealer; godsgravesglyphs; homoelectus; homoerectus
The curved line of ochre represents the imprint of the heel of the hand and the thumb traced along the length of Hammer stone The linear stain was caused by multiple use of the hammer stone in the crushing and rubbing ochre in combination with water. © A. Binsteiner

The curved line of ochre represents the imprint of the heel of the hand and the thumb traced along the length of Hammer stone The linear stain was caused by multiple use of the hammer stone in the crushing and rubbing ochre in combination with water. © A. Binsteiner

1 posted on 12/21/2013 8:50:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 12/21/2013 8:50:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Twenty first century equivalent ...
3 posted on 12/21/2013 8:58:30 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SunkenCiv
a phallus shaped object coated with traces of ocre (see Fundsache Homo erectus)

No doubt why he's called Homo erectus.

4 posted on 12/21/2013 8:58:32 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Or she.


5 posted on 12/21/2013 9:06:05 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Nice one, Sherm...I smiled broadly.


6 posted on 12/21/2013 9:09:57 AM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: SunkenCiv
... it suddenly became obvious that what was being observed, was the outline of the ball and thumb of a 500,000 year-old hand.

Wow...these anthropologists must have excelled at Highlights Hidden Pictures when they were kids.


7 posted on 12/21/2013 9:09:59 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Sherman Logan

- Homo Electus II


8 posted on 12/21/2013 9:12:32 AM PST by devolve (- "He's (Obama) just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." - "All this for a damn fag!" -)
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To: SunkenCiv
When I first read this I thought "Painting with a rock? That doesn't make any sense!"
But I suppose the primitive man was using the rock to grind something into powder (and doing the same with the "phallus-shaped" object). They assume it was pigment, but are they sure?
9 posted on 12/21/2013 9:13:17 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: SunkenCiv

I remember a two panel comic, in the first panel, an Anthropologist explains to his students that ancient people left their hand prints on cave walls with great symbolic meanings.

In the second panel, it showed a caveman leaning against a wall with one hand while urinating, then from another room a caveman yells, “Hey, who ate my chili powder?” Startled, the first caveman sprays red ocher chili powder all over his hand.


10 posted on 12/21/2013 9:13:49 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: ZOOKER

The ochre is still on the rock, so, yes.


11 posted on 12/21/2013 9:22:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

:’D


12 posted on 12/21/2013 9:22:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Sherman Logan

Hey, we don’t know that he shouldn’t be called Hetero.


13 posted on 12/21/2013 9:23:59 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv
"....phallus shaped object coated with traces of ocre...."

Prehistoric dildo? What is ocre?

14 posted on 12/21/2013 9:25:59 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a potato to me. Of course, I live in Idaho.


15 posted on 12/21/2013 9:27:37 AM PST by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a petrified potato......


16 posted on 12/21/2013 9:30:57 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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To: oh8eleven

looks like a rock


17 posted on 12/21/2013 9:33:50 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: knak

They look more like Helen Thomas’s breast implants.


18 posted on 12/21/2013 9:34:30 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: TruthWillWin

It’s an old Irish name.


19 posted on 12/21/2013 9:35:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Sherman Logan
If your homo erectus lasts longer than 500,000 years, please consult your physician...
20 posted on 12/21/2013 9:35:50 AM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: llevrok
Reminds me of a story I just heard.

Man goes into a Drug Store and asks the clerk..."What can you give me for an erection that lasts for hours hours and won't go away. I'm not currently taking any medications." Woman tells him..."I'm just a clerk, my sister is the pharmacist, I'll go ask her." When she returns she tells him..."We can give you a 1/3 ownership in the business, a $4000 per month living allowance and that's our limit."

21 posted on 12/21/2013 9:46:42 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The imprint is much smaller than the man`s hand-

It`s a woman`s hand.

ERGO WOMEN DID ALL THE GRINDING as in all neo-primitive societies today -

even Afghani/Pashtu women do all the grinding today

MEN HUNT, WOMEN GRIND

“If the glove fits, you cannot convince.”


22 posted on 12/21/2013 10:03:21 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: bunkerhill7

Nope, Homo Erectus was about a foot shorter than us.


23 posted on 12/21/2013 10:09:32 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

24 posted on 12/21/2013 10:18:15 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yes, I concur;
Homo Erectus men stayed home and did the grinding.

The women hunted.

In Mohawk 1600`s according O`Callaghan, the Mohawk women stayed home. The men would go out and hunt. When they killed a deer, e.g., they would go back home and send the woman back into the forest to bring back the deer by herself-

If it was a long pre-winter hunt up into the mountains, then the whole village would pack up except the elders and children and move to the mountain hunting grounds.


25 posted on 12/21/2013 11:59:54 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: PLMerite

Why does this hand have 5 fingers and a thumb?


26 posted on 12/24/2013 3:43:24 AM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

“Why does this hand have 5 fingers and a thumb?”

It’s from Fringe, a fairly entertaining science fiction show. Recently cancelled.


27 posted on 12/24/2013 2:56:45 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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