Archeology Science

A 7,300-Year-Old Fingerprint Discovered In Northern Kuwait

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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.

oldest-fingerprintKUWAIT: The oldest human fingerprint discovered in Kuwait is seen. — KUNA

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.

ancient-fingerprintDHA Photo

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. 

venus-of-dolniThe Venus of Dolni Vestonice is the oldest known example of ceramic in the world. Photo:Stan Florek. Copyright:Australian Museum


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