Skip to comments.Found the oldest Neanderthal wooden tools in the Iberian Peninsula
Posted on 04/06/2018 4:46:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeological excavations at the Aranbaltza site in the Basque Country coast (Northern Spain) have revealed several episodes of neandertal occupations with preserved wooden remains... In 2015, the excavation revealed two very well preserved wooden tools, one of which is a 15 cm-long digging stick... The detailed analysis of this tool and the luminescence dating of the sediment that bears the wooden remains indicate that the objects were deposited around 90,000 years ago, and thus were made by neandertals. The Micro-CT analysis and a close examination of the surface have shown that a yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves. One of this halves was scraped with a stone tool and treated with fire to harden it and to facilitate the scraping to obtain a pointed morphology. Use-wear analysis revealed that it was used for digging in search of food, flint, or simply to make holes in the ground. The preservation of wooden tools associated with neandertals is very rare because wood degrades very quickly. Only in very specific environments, like the waterlogged sediments from Aranbaltza, it has been possible to find evidence of wooden technology. As it was suggested by indirect evidence, this type of technology was relevant in neandertal daily life... findings like the one from Aranbaltza are crucial to investigate the neandertal technology and use of wood. The archaeological project at Aranbaltza started in 2013 to investigate the last neandertals from Western Europe, who were responsible of the Chatelperronian culture. The ongoing excavations have revealed different neandertal occupation events spanning from 100 to 44,000 years. This makes of Aranbaltza an exceptional site to investigate neandertal evolution and behavioral variability.
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Hey, could be my ancestors! I trace my lineage to Santander, España...
“The Micro-CT analysis and a close examination of the surface have shown that a yew trunk was cut longitudinally into two halves.”
Hard to do with tools made of wood or stone.
The author must mean Spain.
They may still walk among us....
Did I read that correctly, they found the oldest democrat tools on some peninsula?
Considering few of them actually work, what would they be doing with tools?
We've got some democrat tools on Capitol Hill!
I thought these were the lizards spying on Iran. Maybe just a turtle and a snake.
I think they mean ‘split,’ not ‘cut’. That’s why they also show signs of having been smoothed by sharp stones. I would bet Neanderthals didn’t like splinters any more than we do.
Send them to England. With knife bans,
these tools are modern again.
Original Craftsman tools.
They can be turned in at Sears if Sears is not extinct for some new antlers.
I’m picturing a Neanderthal with a bandsaw in the back room of his cave.
"That early man hunted big game is supported by the recent discovery of a fossilized rhinoceros shoulder blade with a projectile wound at Boxgrove, England, dated to 500,000 years ago."
You are correct. We are the Neanderthals.
Every feature used to describe Neanderthals can be found amoungst us today. The Australian Aboriginies have brow ridges more severe than did the Neanderthals.
People frequently show this face at comments. Who is he and what does he represent that people keep showing his face?
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