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This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.

This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.

5,000 years old these stone ’balls’ were found at a Neolithic village of Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland. The use remains a mystery.

5,000 years old these stone ’balls’ were found at a Neolithic village of Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland. The use remains a mystery.

Cochin fishing nets and #Vypin LNG terminal

Cochin fishing nets and #Vypin LNG terminal

Flint handaxe containing a fossil seashell, circa 300,000 years old. The fossil is far older than the actually tool, or even the flint, for that matter. What is clear is that the toolmaker made a conscious decision to create his tool around this central ornament for whatever aesthetic or religious reasons. (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Image by Irisharchaeology.ie via The Celtic Prehistoric Museum

Flint handaxe containing a fossil seashell, circa 300,000 years old. The fossil is far older than the actually tool, or even the flint, for that matter. What is clear is that the toolmaker made a conscious decision to create his tool around this central ornament for whatever aesthetic or religious reasons. (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Image by Irisharchaeology.ie via The Celtic Prehistoric Museum

Cochin in its setting, from "Lowry's Table Atlas" by J.W. Lowry (Chapman & Hall, London, 1850)

Cochin in its setting, from "Lowry's Table Atlas" by J.W. Lowry (Chapman & Hall, London, 1850)

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