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40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is The Oldest Ever Found In The World

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The World

Artifacts, manuscripts, carvings, fabrications have always managed to surprise the historians and the researchers alike. So, every time a new discovery is made and it allures the researchers and makes the historian ponder evermore. The mystery bracelet found in Siberia is every bit this.

Where was this bracelet found?

There is Denisova Cave, nestled deep in the Bashelaksy range of the Altai Mountains in Siberia, Russia. In fact, this area is renowned for well preserved fossils of extinct animals. It will be interesting for the readers to know that the temperature of the region is such that it has been really feasible to pursue protection of biomaterial for thousands of years by nature.

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The WorldThe entrance to the Denisova cave and the archaeological excavations inside. Pictures: The Siberian Times
40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The WorldWhile bracelets have been found pre-dating this discovery, Russian experts say this is the oldest known jewellery of its kind made of stone. Picture: Vera Salnitskaya

Which group of humans does the mystery bracelet belong to?

The group of humans to whom this mystery bracelet belongs is called the Denisovans or Denisova hominins. These people inhabited the Earth almost 600,000 years ago. They were nomadic people. While, the researchers once thought that they were undeveloped people the recent research pertaining to the bracelet has led them to believe that these primitive people were in fact, amazingly excellent craftsmen.

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inside_bracelet_on_hand_closePictures: Vera Salnitskaya

What is so special about the bracelet?

When the bracelet was found, there was also discovered a finger bone of a 7-8 year old Denisovan girl. However, it was the craftsmanship of the bracelet that allured the researchers.

In accordance with the tests, the precision and level of cutting and polishing on the bracelet ensured it to be at least thousand years ahead of its time.

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The World

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The WorldMade of chlorite, the bracelet was found in the same layer as the remains of some of the prehistoric people and is thought to belong to them. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov

The stone, from which the bracelet was crafted, was found almost 15 miles away from the cave.

The bracelet had been polished by some unknown method, however, when the researchers discovered it, it was still shining.

With the aid of the fragments, the researchers were able to fabricate the masterpiece again.

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inside_bracelet_reconstructionMade of chlorite, the bracelet was found in the same layer as the remains of some of the prehistoric people and is thought to belong to them. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov

The structure indicated that it was worn around the wrist.

There was supposed to be a strap which was wrapped through a hole in the stone.

The precision of the hole too invokes mystery.

In accordance with Dr. Derevyanko, when they studied the diameter of the bracelet, they found that the rotational speed of the drill through which it was constructed, was way high and it had merger fluctuations.

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The World

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The WorldTraces of the use of drilling with an implement on the bracelet from Denisova Cave. Polished stone bracelet of Neolithic era. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov, Vera Salnitskaya

In fact, the above led the researchers to point to the fact that those who made this awesome piece of jewelry used technology similar to that of the modern drill.

He said-“The ancient master, was skilled in techniques previously considered not characteristic for the Paleolithic era, such as easel speed drilling, boring tool type rasp, grinding and polishing with a leather and skins of varying degrees of tanning.”

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The World

40,000-Year-Old Bracelet Is Oldest Ever Found In The WorldThe traces of reparation on the cracks. Bracelet had suffered damage, including visible scratches and bumps. Pictures: Anatoly Derevyanko and Mikhail Shunkov

Where is the bracelet currently?

At present, the bracelet is displayed at the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples’ of Siberia.

Indeed, the ancient civilization was way ahead of the present generation. The methods they used, the tools they discovered and their lifestyle all indicate to this aspect, that they were smarter, better craftsmen and amazing engineers.

 

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