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Stone Age harpoon found on Pacific island
Science News ^ | January 14, 2014 | Bruce Bower

Posted on 02/08/2014 3:18:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A 35,000-year-old piece of carved bone found on Timor, an island between Java and Papua New Guinea, indicates that complex hunting weapons were manufactured much earlier than previously thought in Australasia.

A team led by archaeologist Sue O’Connor of Australian National University in Canberra has unearthed, in a project that began in 2000, what it regards as the broken butt of a bone harpoon point. Three closely spaced notches were carved on each side of the artifact, above a shaft that tapers to a rounded bottom.

Wear on the notches and residue of a sticky substance close to the bottom suggest the point was tied and glued to a slot on the side of a wooden handle or inserted into a split hollow shaft, the researchers report January 15 in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Stone Age islanders threw spears from boats at large fish and other sea prey, O’Connor proposes.

Until now, comparably complex hunting weapons made on islands near Timor dated to no more than several hundred years ago. Curiously, 80,000- to 90,000-year-old African bone spear points display notches similar to those on the Timor find, O’Connor says.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencenews.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; indonesia; timor
HUNTING NOTCHES An ancient piece of carved bone (both sides shown) was probably the base of a harpoon point that inhabitants of Timor attached to a wooden shaft. The artifact is slightly less than one inch long and about one-half inch wide.

HUNTING NOTCHES  An ancient piece of carved bone (both sides shown) was probably the base of a harpoon point that inhabitants of Timor attached to a wooden shaft. The artifact is slightly less than one inch long and about one-half inch wide.

1 posted on 02/08/2014 3:18:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 02/08/2014 3:20:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I LIKE it!


3 posted on 02/08/2014 3:22:13 PM PST by Monkey Face (Absinthe makes the heart grow fondue. ~~ Darksheare and NoCmpromiz)
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To: SunkenCiv; betty boop; marron; Alamo-Girl; CottShop; metmom; xzins; GodGunsGuts; Fichori; ...
80,000- to 90,000-year-old African bone spear points display notches similar to those on the Timor find, O’Connor says.

Ideas travel.

4 posted on 02/08/2014 3:32:18 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Monkey Face

Ummm, What do you have in mind for it? :)


5 posted on 02/08/2014 3:34:44 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: SunkenCiv

very interesting


6 posted on 02/08/2014 3:38:25 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SunkenCiv

from the headline I had a mental image of a big rock anvil being dropped on unsuspecting fish.


7 posted on 02/08/2014 3:39:07 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

I had a mental image of a bottle of Harpoon IPA


8 posted on 02/08/2014 3:48:37 PM PST by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: YHAOS

Imagine that.....


9 posted on 02/08/2014 3:48:46 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: SunkenCiv
The intended target:


10 posted on 02/08/2014 3:51:58 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Since it’s Timor, you have to suppose they understood and constructed boats. Timor was very close to the ice age Southeast Asian coast but not quite. Really interesting find!! Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 02/08/2014 3:57:23 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: SunkenCiv

Sweet!!!

I had wondered where I left them things.

What paperwork do I fill out to get em back?


12 posted on 02/08/2014 3:59:36 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: central_va

She’s dead Jim...


13 posted on 02/08/2014 4:01:05 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SunkenCiv

“...residue of a sticky substance...”

From 35,000 years ago? Really? Wow; beats the crap out of Crazy Glue or Gorilla Glue!


14 posted on 02/08/2014 4:01:12 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: YHAOS

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it...


15 posted on 02/08/2014 4:09:02 PM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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16 posted on 02/08/2014 4:10:58 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Vendome

Can’t imagine her looking any worse now than when she was alive, Bones.


17 posted on 02/08/2014 4:11:14 PM PST by left that other site
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To: carriage_hill

They really had it goin’ on.


18 posted on 02/08/2014 4:18:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: JimSEA

Interesting observation!


19 posted on 02/08/2014 4:18:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Big deal.

Did they find the missing crew and passengers of the minnow?


20 posted on 02/08/2014 4:25:51 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: SunkenCiv
OTOH, had it been found in New Mexico, California, Florida, or New England, the presumption would be that "it was brought there and lost by European explorers/colonists".

Second hypothesis they would advance would be "old bone used in much late manufacture"; their third hypothesis would be claims of outright fraud.

In all three scenarios, the result would be the same: bury it in an unmarked box in a dark corner of a university museum's subbasement "to await further curating".

21 posted on 02/08/2014 4:32:14 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: SunkenCiv

The original article’s title is “Southeast Asian Island” because Timor is in the Indian Ocean not the Pacific Ocean.


22 posted on 02/08/2014 5:12:32 PM PST by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Half inch wide and an inch long?

mighty small harpoon.


23 posted on 02/08/2014 5:28:26 PM PST by digger48
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To: SunkenCiv

24 posted on 02/08/2014 5:38:34 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Wilson STOP THAT!....... LoL...


25 posted on 02/08/2014 6:23:13 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is it just me or is “earlier than previously thought” the new meme?


26 posted on 02/08/2014 7:17:39 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: YHAOS

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 02/08/2014 7:25:38 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 1010RD
much earlier than previously thought

Beat me to it. I so enjoy all the "much earlier than previously thought" admissions of late.

28 posted on 02/08/2014 7:44:52 PM PST by bgill
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To: ApplegateRanch; SunkenCiv; All

Back in the 1980’s I was chatting with a woman archeologist in an East Coast bar. She said out in California she had taken part in a dig where they found human/hominid? remains suspected to be 200,000 to 300,000 years old. Yes, that old! But the information was apparently being supressed, disrespected, etc. She was pissed.


29 posted on 02/09/2014 1:05:03 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Yes. There are older archaeologists who have reputations based on humans coming here after 12,000 B.C.

These guys are blocking the information and discredit anyone finding older sites. It is always politics.


30 posted on 02/10/2014 12:50:28 AM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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