8,500-year-old fingerprints found on clay pots

Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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Fingerprints, which date back 8,500 years, have been found on clay pots uncovered in Western Turkey.

“We have discovered fingerprints that go back 8,500 years [to the Neolithic era]. Those fingerprints are thought to belong to children and women,” Zafer Derin, the scholar leading the excavation, recently told Anatolia news agency, adding that it was the first discovery of its type in the area.

The team discovered the fingerprints from clay pots. “Ancient people made the clay pots with other ingredients and thanks to those ingredients – which we have not yet discovered – the fingerprints reveal themselves,” said Derin, but added that a fire had badly damaged the pots.

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Story: Anatolia News Agency | Photo: AA Photo

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