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Huh? Stone Age tools developed locally 325 kya?

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From ScienceDaily:

The analysis of artifacts from a 325,000-year-old site in Armenia shows that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single point of origin, as previously thought.

The study, published today in the journal Science, examines thousands of stone artifacts retrieved from Nor Geghi 1, a unique site preserved between two lava flows dated to 200,000-400,000 years ago. Layers of floodplain sediments and an ancient soil found between these lava flows contain the archaeological material. The dating of volcanic ash found within the sediments and detailed study of the sediments themselves allowed researchers to correlate the stone tools with a period between 325,000 and 335,000 years ago when Earth’s climate was similar to today’s…

The stone tools provide early evidence for the simultaneous use of two distinct technologies: biface technology, commonly associated with hand axe production during the Lower Paleolithic, and Levallois technology, a stone tool production method typically attributed to the Middle Stone Age in Africa and the Middle Paleolithic in Eurasia. Traditionally, Archaeologists use the development of Levallois technology and the disappearance of biface technology to mark the transition from the Lower to the Middle Paleolithic roughly 300,000 years ago.

Archaeologists have argued that Levallois technology was invented in Africa and spread to Eurasia with expanding human populations, replacing local biface technologies in the process. This theory draws a link between populations and technologies and thus equates technological change with demographic change. The co-existence of the two technologies at Nor Geghi 1 provides the first clear evidence that local populations developed Levallois technology out of existing biface technology.

“The combination of these different technologies in one place suggests to us that, about 325,000 years ago, people at the site were innovative,” says Daniel Adler, associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, and the study’s lead author. Moreover, the chemical analysis of several hundred obsidian artifacts shows that humans at the site utilized obsidian outcrops from as far away as 120 kilometers (approximately 75 miles), suggesting they must also have been capable of exploiting large, environmentally diverse territories. Paper. paywall – D. S. Adler, K. N. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, D. F. Mark, R. Pinhasi, B. A. Schmidt-Magee, S. Nahapetyan, C. Mallol, F. Berna, P. J. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, N. Wales, E. Frahm, O. Jöris, A. MacLeod, V. C. Smith, V. L. Cullen, and B. Gasparian. Early Levallois technology and the Lower to Middle Paleolithic transition in the Southern Caucasus. Science, 2014; 345 (6204): 1609-1613 DOI: 10.1126/science.1256484 More.


The take-home point is that lots of people were innovative back then.

See also: What Neanderthal jewelry means It’s not just that the ornaments did not have a practical use. They probably expressed something. Eagle talons, for example, might imply something about the person who wore them, in the same way that a peace sign implies something about the wearer today. But it may have implied the opposite thing.

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4 Replies to “Huh? Stone Age tools developed locally 325 kya?

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    Pearlman says:

    Indicates mankind was intelligent from the get go, developed tech/tools as needed based on avail materials and local skill-set, the date places mid The ice ages, so most likely within a couple hundred years post 1656 anno-mundi Mabul, when we traveled a lot for hunting – gathering.. as one big 70 family group collective until about the end of The ice ages start of the dispersion from Bavel, so until then did not have to worry about other nations yet having established their own territories yet.
    reference the YeC Moshe Emes series for Torah and science alignment.

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    rhampton7 says:

    So Adam was a Neanderthal?

  3. 3
    ET says:

    So Adam was a Neanderthal?

    Lilith’s kids forgot to pick up their toys

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    tjguy says:

    “The analysis of artifacts from a 325,000-year-old site in Armenia shows that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single point of origin, AS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.”

    Note those last three words! How often do you read similar things in evolutionary literature? One of the most prevalent examples is “EARLIER THAN THOUGHT”[things are constantly appearing much earlier than previously thought possibe!], but other common examples include “MORE COMPLEX THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT”, or “YOUNGER THAN THOUGHT” – [especially in cosmology], etc.

    Have you ever considered why it is that evolutionists are so often wrong?

    And come on, what other branch of science allows for such a huge rate of error?

    Side note: People often admonish evolution skeptics for believing in science, but not believing in evolution. Well, just take a look at the error rate of evolutionary predictions and it’s not hard to see why people are skeptical. It doesn’t begin to compare with real science that can be tested.

    Why are they never held accountable for their “errors”?

    Could it be that the evolutionary paradigm misleads them and causes them to “think” things that are not true?

    Why is it that the paradigm so often breeds false ideas/conclusions?

    Food for thought!

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