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Scientists struggle to reproduce prehistoric glue

Last week I blogged about stone age superglue. Well, scientists who have tried creating it found it was much more difficult to make than they had previously suspected.

“I thought I was stupid, I just couldn’t get it right,” said Lyn Wadley, an archaeologist at Wits University.

The ancient recipe included coarse red ochre, acacia gum and even a bit of sand. Sometimes a bit of animal fat was thrown in. Getting the right mix was just the first step, as the prehistoric adhesive had to be dried next to a fire.

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  1. Have you tried using dried herbivore dung? When I made ‘glue’ for the weapons I hand forge, what I did was melt down pitch from trees (here it’s the pinion pine) and then add in crumbles pieces of the dung (has to be herbivore as it has more fibers in it). you have to melt it down but don’t let it boil. after they are mixed good, you poor it into a handle and then seat the shaft into it. when it’s cooled down it makes a great epoxy or setter. try it.

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