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23,000-year-old fish hooks found in Okinawa

23,000-year-old fish hooks made from the shells of sea snails have been found on the Japanese island of Okinawa. They could almost pass for a pair of ancient earrings. But instead, researchers have discovered the world's oldest fish hooks. And it's led them to suggest that maritime technology developed in Asia-Pacific much

The oldest road in Moscow

Excavations in Moscow have uncovered layers of wooden pavement believed to belong to the city's oldest road. Moscow's oldest road, thought to date back to the 12th century, has been unearthed in the city's central Zaryadie district, archaeologists said Wednesday. The road is believed to have connected the old Kremlin and a

3.3-million-year-old tools found in Kenya

Stone tools dating back 3.3 million years have been found near Kenya's Lake Turkana, making them the oldest tools yet found. Researchers at a meeting here say they have found the oldest tools made by human ancestors—stone flakes dated to 3.3 million years ago. That’s 700,000 years older than the oldest-known

The world’s oldest Pretzel

The remains of 250-year-old pretzel, as well as a roll and croissant, have been found at a site in Bavaria, Germany. Silvia Codreanau-Windauer from the Bavarian Bureau for the Conservation of Historic Monuments confirmed that: "this is definitely the oldest pretzel ever found" - although she would give no word on

Norway’s oldest human remains

The 8,000-year-old remains of a man found south of Oslo may be Norway's oldest. The skeleton is in an extremely fragile condition, meaning researchers are painstakingly examining it tiny fragment by tiny fragment, documenting the location of everything as accurately as possible and feeding it into a 3-D computer model of

The world’s oldest engraving discovered in shell

While cataloging a collection of mollusk shells found in the 19th century, a researcher noticed an engraving inside one of the shells that is 300,000 years older than the previously thought oldest engraving. "When I got to image number 298 I almost fell off my chair. It was one of those

World’s oldest art identified in Indonesian cave

Ancient cave art found in a cave in the 1950s on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has undergone uranium-thorium dating, revealing that the art was made 40,000 years ago. The researchers dated 12 stencils of human hands and two images of large animals. Because they sampled the top layer of calcium

43,500-year-old stone tools found at Willendorf

Stone tools found at Willendorf in Austria are the oldest-known artifacts made by modern humans in Europe. The stone tools, excavated between 2006 and 2011, include small ‘bladelets’, which were originally part of composite tools and may have been used as projectile points. Using stratigraphy and radiocarbon dating, the researchers demonstrated