Category Archives: Origins and inventions

Rope making more than 40,000 years old

If they had rope and twine, they had thread. If they had thread, they probably had some form of garments. If they had twine, they had the “technology” for bows and arrows. If they had rope they would also have had the capability to drag heavy weights across primitive rollers. Continue reading

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Dog domestication — the real story

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Trousers were invented at least 3,000 years ago – for riding

Whether these were the first ever trousers cannot be determined of course. But these remains found in Central Asia tell us that horse riding is at least 3,000 years old (and herding, capturing, breaking and training horses must have been “invented” well before that). Continue reading

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The first string? Man-made, twisted, fibre, cords at least 90,000 years ago

Much of the material recovered from the Abri du Maras site and appears to provide compelling evidence that twisted fibres were being created by Neanderthals at least 90,000 years ago. Continue reading

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Origins of spoken language pushed back to 500,000 years ago

Could spoken language -instead of originating with AMH some 50,000 -100,000 years ago – have originated with the common ancestors of AMH, Neandertals and Denisovans perhaps 500,000 years ago? Continue reading

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Ceramic pottery was invented by hunter gatherers at least 15,000 years ago

Until quite recently ceramic container technologies have been associated with the arrival of farming, but we now know they were a much earlier hunter-gatherer adaptation, though the reasons for their emergence and subsequent widespread uptake are poorly understood. The first ceramic containers must have provided prehistoric hunter-gatherers with attractive new ways for processing and consuming foods but until now virtually nothing was known of how or for what early pots were used. Continue reading

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