Link to the Past: Evidence of Humanity’s Oldest Ropes Unearthed
“Perfect forms” carved in ivory reveal humanity’s oldest set of ropes, research suggests.
At first glance, the discovery in Germany’s Hohle Fels cave looked like it could be the mock-up for a 42,000-year-old set of brass knuckles: four carefully carved small holes placed close together on an 8-inch-long (20 centimeters) strip of mammoth ivory.
But the Hohle Fels cave dwellers had neither brass nor the know-how to make it. Also, the inner surfaces of the holes were intricately carved in a spiral pattern, like the rifling inside a modern gun barrel.
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