Tools of the Cave Man’s Trade

Implements and ornaments found in South Africa are 20,000 years older than previously believed possible.

Archaeologists sift diggings at Border Cave, South Africa, where evidence of pre-human and human habitation stretches back 200,000 years. -CBS News

Remember way back in May when Brain Burgers announced “You’re WAY older than you think!“? We illuminated how 12,000-year-old Göbekli Tepe, the world’s oldest known manmade structure and religious site, pushes the dawn of civilization back thousands of years. And generous, hardworking scientists keep going out and finding new evidence that it’s true.

The LA Times reported that archaeologists excavating at Border Cave in South Africa have positively dated wooden, bone, and shell tools to 42,000-44,000 years old – a whopping 20,000 years older than any sophisticated tools previously found in Africa.

The tools included digging implements, arrow heads, and primitive glues. Archaeologists also found beads and even notched bones believed to be used for counting and calculation!

Tools and beads found at Border Cave, South Africa confirmed to be 42,000-44,000 years-old. -LA Times

Border Cave is thought to have been inhabited as far back as 200,000 years by human ancestors. This new and fascinating discovery shows that we were organized, creative, and determined to feed and dress ourselves far earlier than we thought. If archaeologists keep digging, we might find out we’re the monkey’s uncle and not the other way around.

Now, here’s the cheese on this Brain Burger.

3 unexpected things found at Border Cave, South Africa:

  1. My sixth grade math homework, conveniently “lost” on Monday, October 1, 1979
  2. One tube sock with blue stripes.
  3. [insert gratuitous Jimmy Hoffa joke here]

Chris Everheart is author of the thriller


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