(CS Monitor) When did modern culture begin?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Poisoned-tipped arrows and jewelry made of ostrich egg beads found in South Africa show modern culture may have emerged about 30,000 years earlier in the area than previously thought, according to two articles published on Monday.

The findings published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" show that the 44,000-year-old artifacts are characteristic of the San hunter-gatherers. The descendants of San people live today in southern Africa, so the items can clearly be traced forward to modern culture, unlike other archaeological finds, researchers said.

South African researcher Lucinda Backwell said the findings are the earliest known instances of "modern behavior as we know it." Backwell said the discovery reinforces the theory that modern man came from southern Africa.

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Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. MichaelA wrote:

“Poisoned-tipped arrows ... show modern culture may have emerged…”
Good point.  Even more so if those arrows were used for shots in the back ...;o)

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