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Carved reindeer antler found in Poland

A carved piece of reindeer antler which may date back 10,000 years has been found in central Poland.

The antler was discovered in the spring of 2013, in the village of Go??biewo, during excavation of a fish pond. It is just over 30cm long and about 2-3cm in diameter. Along the curved line of the antler, a central groove has been carved. Protruding from it on one side is a series of 10 triangles filled with parallel lines.

DNA analysis established that it was a reindeer antler, while radiocarbon dating and analysis of the style of the artistry dates the antler to the early Mesolithic, which began about 10,000 years ago.

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Story: IBT | Photo: Osipowicz et al 2017

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