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Archaeologists Believes Ancient Africans Are The First Real Geeks

Written by Jae Jones

Studies claim that modern human technology began more than 70,000 years ago in South Africa before advancing to other communities. If these findings are correct this definitely makes the first real geeks. It was there that ancestors made the first abstract art, jewelry and first bone tools, probably the first stone tipped arrows and spears. There have been contradictory claims based on archaeological findings over the past decade with people believing modern human behavior originated in Europe about 40,000 years ago.

The first gadgets: A) bone point from the Middle Stone Age levels at Peers Cave. B-g) bone tools from the Still Bay levels at Blombos Cave; b-e are bone awls; f-g are bone points. H-i) engraved lines on tools c and g. J) engraved bone fragment Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2243946/How-ancient-Africans-nerds-Birth-technology-traced-70-000-years-continents-southern-tip.html#ixzz3l6ox7eps Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The first gadgets: A) bone point from the Middle Stone Age levels at Peers Cave. B-g) bone tools from the Still Bay levels at Blombos Cave; b-e are bone awls; f-g are bone points. H-i) engraved lines on tools c and g. J) engraved bone fragments ( retrieved from Dailymail.co.uk)

It is believed by scientist that with the development of long-range weapons in Africa it was the first breakthrough that allowed humans to become dominant species. Archaeologist Professor Christopher Henshilwood, of Wits University in South Africa, was reported by the Dailymail.co.uk saying that recent research show that Africa is indeed the birthplace of modern human cognition.

“All of these innovations, plus many others we are just discovering, clearly show that Homo sapiens in southern Africa at that time were cognitively modern and behaving in many ways like ourselves.” (Dailymail.co.uk). Some of the items made by Africans include (engraved ochre and engraved ostrich eggshell); the first jewelry (shell beads); the first bone tools; and the earliest use of the pressure flaking technique, that was used in combination with heating to make stone spear points and the first probable use of stone tipped arrows.

Engraved ochres from the Still Bay M1 phase at Blombos Cave: A) Two groups of incisions, one on the centre and one close to the edge; in the centre two joining lines form a 'Y' that is crossed by a few perpendicular parallel lines; three incisions cross these lines. B) Two lines that cross perpendicularly on the top right margin; converging lines produced with a single lithic point. C) this piece retains only a small area of the original engraved pattern; three straight oblique lines incised on the top left with two sinuous lines that cross them. D) three distinct sets of lines engraved on a natural surface; piece was then knapped and a part of the engraving removed. E) a group of sinuous lines engraved on one face; the opposite face is highly scraped and engraved with a cross-hatched pattern. F) Cross-hatched pattern incised on one long edge Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2243946/How-ancient-Africans-nerds-Birth-technology-traced-70-000-years-continents-southern-tip.html#ixzz3l6pasVnn Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Engraved ochres from the Still Bay M1 phase at Blombos Cave: A) Two groups of incisions, one on the centre and one close to the edge; in the centre two joining lines form a ‘Y’ that is crossed by a few perpendicular parallel lines; three incisions cross these lines. B) Two lines that cross perpendicularly on the top right margin; converging lines produced with a single lithic point. C) this piece retains only a small area of the original engraved pattern; three straight oblique lines incised on the top left with two sinuous lines that cross them. D) three distinct sets of lines engraved on a natural surface; piece was then knapped and a part of the engraving removed. E) a group of sinuous lines engraved on one face; the opposite face is highly scraped and engraved with a cross-hatched pattern. F) Cross-hatched pattern incised on one long edge. ( retrieved from Dailymail.com.uk)

Research also explains a little as to why there were the making of these gadets, according to Professor Henshilwood the answers are found in demography and climate change, particularly changing sea levels, which were huge drivers of innovation and variability in material culture. There are still many discoveries still being made and according to Professor Henshilwood, “In just the past decade our knowledge of Homo sapiens behavior in the Middle Stone Age, and in particular of the Still Bay and Howiesons Poort, has expanded considerably. With the benefit of hindsight we may ironically conclude that the origins of “Neanthropic Man”, the epitome of behavioral modernity in Europe, lay after all in Africa.” (DailyMail)

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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