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Neanderthals used adhesives 200,000 years ago

New research suggests that Neanderthals used tar as an adhesive 200,000 years ago. Excavations over the past few decades have unearthed tar lumps and adhesive residues on stone tools at Neanderthal sites in Germany. Some anthropologists have claimed that adhesive production is a high-tech skill associated with anatomically modern humans, yet

Stone Age colour and glue factory found

A 58,000-year-old Red Ochre and glue factory has been found in South Africa. A once-thriving 58,000-year-old ochre powder production site has just been discovered in South Africa. The discovery offers a glimpse of what early humans valued and used in their everyday lives. The finding, which will be described

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

Stone Age Glue

Stone Age humans knowingly tweaked the chemical and physical properties of an iron-containing pigment known as red ochre with the gum of acacia trees to create a "super-glue" for their shafted tools. The results showed that glue containing red ochre was less brittle and more shatterproof than glue made from acacia