Excavation in Morocco: Researchers find world’s oldest jewel

Excavation in Morocco: Researchers find world's oldest jewel

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Researchers find the world’s oldest jewelry

150,000-year-old mussels have been found near an African coastal city. These are not just beautiful pieces of jewelry, explains archaeologist Bouzougar, the new cave discovery has “a huge impact on human history”.

In Morocco, archaeologists have discovered what they claim to be the oldest jewelry ever found in the world. They are perforated shells that are up to 150,000 years old. The shells, which were made into necklaces and bracelets, are believed to have been found in the Bizamoune cave near the coastal city of Essaouira.

“This discovery has a huge impact on human history,” said archaeologist Abdeljalil Bouzougar. Because everything indicates that the owners use one language. He dated the jewelry to the age of 142,000 to 150,000 years.

“They are symbolic objects — and symbols, unlike tools, can only be passed on through language,” Bouzauger said. So the question arises whether the discovery indicated the existence of a language that was used for communication between groups or members of other groups. Similar jewelry has been found throughout the Middle East and Africa. They were carried over great distances and are between 35,000 and 135,000 years old.

Archaeologists made the discovery in September when they found tools for making clothing from bones dating back 120,000 years. They are the oldest instruments of this type ever found.

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