A hardly delectable mark on this shard of clay pottery is one of the oldest human fingerprints ever discovered.
A joint team of archaeologists have discovered a 7,300-year-old human fingerprint – the earliest in the Near East region – in Subiyya in northern Kuwait. The fingerprint was found on a piece of a broken clay pot dating from the Stone Age (8,700 BC to 2,000 BC) in the Bahrah I Excavation Zone in Subiyya. At this same site, archaeologists have also discovered a town, a temple, a cemetery, and other evidence of the community that lived here thousands of years ago, says the director of Kuwait’s National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.
This fingerprint is the oldest found in this area of the world, but not the oldest ever discovered. Two years ago KONYA – Doğan News Agency informed excavations at the 10,000-year-old Boncuklu mound in ancient settlement of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, have unearthed finger prints on kiln objects.
A tomography scan of a ceramic statue which is between 29 000 – 25 000 years old revealed the fingerprint of a child aged between 7 and 15 fired into the clay.