NOVOSIBIRSK, February 1 — RIA Novosti, Maxim Koshmarchuk. Part of a stone bracelet, which, according to his age, is the oldest of the currently known female ornaments, archaeologists have found in Denisova Cave in the Altai region, a unique find completely changed scientists' ideas about the culture of prehistoric man.
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According to RIA Novosti of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences Pavel Volkov, during excavations in the cave, scientists have found part of a stone bracelet, that women adorn themselves 40-50 thousand years ago. "This item can be called the most ancient human decoration, the oldest piece of jewelry," — said the scientist.
He noted that the first thought that the production of jewelry started 10-12 thousand years ago.
"Previously it was thought that a man of that period of time not devoted to artistic creation. And suddenly a find! "- Added the Wolves.
The bracelet is an opening through which scientists believe was threading rope with beads. Scientists believe that the bauble probably belonged to one of the aristocracy and was a symbol of prestige.
"To make this bracelet required much labor, and skilled labor. Sure, it was a great value at the time, and it is unlikely that it belonged to an ordinary member of the society, "- said the Wolves.
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According to Deputy Director of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of Michael Shunkova found decoration changed scientists understanding of prehistoric man.
"For ourselves it was unusual that the most archaic form was the owner of progressive culture," — said Shunkov.
According to him, the bracelet is difficult to manufacture. This product made a neat hole and, apparently, the drilling technology was applied, comparable to a modern machine.
The scientists were able to reconstruct a graphical view of the bracelet. These photos with the conclusions of the scientists have been published in several scientific journals. Found part of a stone bracelet is now kept in the museum of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk.
Denisova Cave, which was discovered rarity, is widely known in the scientific world due to various unique archaeological finds. In particular, earlier there were found the remains of an unknown species of ancient man, a relative of Neanderthals.